Spirit Wrestler Gallery (Vancouver, Canada)

Aroha • Love


  • Medium: pounamu (New Zealand jade), walrus ivory, pāua (New Zealand abalone)
  • Size: 15 × 9 × 3 inches (incl. base)
  • Reference Code: KG70902

“E toru nga nunui, i te ao e ki ana ko te tumanako ko te whakapono me te aroha.”

It is said there are three important virtues in this world — faith, hope and love. These three tiki sculptures reflect the faith, hope and love of the iwi (tribe). It makes us who we are — regardless of where we originate from.

Lewis Gardiner

Lewis Tamihana Gardiner

Lewis Tamihana Gardiner


Te Arawa, Ngāti Awa, Whanau a Apanui, Ngāi Tahu

(1972- )

Lewis Gardiner is regarded as one of the most innovative and respected Māori jade artists of his generation. In 1994, he graduated in Māori Craft and Design at the Waiariki Institute of Technology in Rotorua. During his final year he was introduced to the valuable medium of pounamu (jade) and was immediately attracted to its artistic possibilities. Māori had always valued pounamu for both its hardness and for its translucent beauty. Lewis was no different — as he says, “Our tupuna (ancestors) have given us, the Māori people, the resource and knowledge base to provide a reference for us and our children for years to come.”