Spirit Wrestler Gallery (Vancouver, Canada)

Nga Iwi o Nga Hau e Wha (People of the Four Winds)


Each tiki is made from different jades from four different places, New Zealand, Siberia, Australia and British Columbia, Canada. They are a representation of the different indigenous peoples from the four trade winds or as we know this term in New Zealand as Nga hau e wha.

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.”