Wheku is the head from a poupou (wall slab carving) and would represent a tipuna (ancestor). The patterns: haehae (grooved lines); pakati (dragon tooth notch) and when haehae lines cross over whakarare to distort. Spirals = pitau manaia = origins. The head was considered a scared part of the body, as it was the repository of knowledge and wisdom. The cord represents the hair of this kaitiaki (guardian).
“I have been fortunate enough to have a supportive family and met many inspiring people in my life who have encouraged me to follow my talents and passion. My father, a woodcarver himself, imparted his knowledge of woodcraft plus provided a creative environment and stories of my great-uncles Pine and John Taiapa, who were Tohunga Whakairo. I have always respected and been inspired by the artistic achievements by indigenous artisans in Aotearoa and throughout the world.”
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