“Bird skull form, based on an ancient giant flightless bird called Moa that lived in Aotearoa over a thousand years ago. Although extinct now they are still an awesome reminder of an ancient past of which our ancestors shared.”
Gordon graduated in 1983 from the New Zealand Māori Arts and Crafts Institute in Rotorua, winning the Sir Henry Kalliher Student of Honour Award for his talents. In the mid-1990s he earned Top Warrior status after a long training in Māori disciplines, and he is a role model for Māori youth through his support of rehabilitation projects at schools. A noted woodcarver who designed and carved traditional meeting houses, including the Auckland University meeting house Tane-nui-a-rangi, he is most known as a ta moko artist.
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