New Zealand’s smallest bird (3¼ inches), Titipounamu is a forest dweller found in both the North and South Islands of New Zealand. Survivors from pre-glacial times, Titipounamu are found only in New Zealand and are thought to be related to the Pittas, a group of insect- eating forest dwellers that live in the tropics of the Old World. This little bird has a high pitched cricket-like call that is a real test for the human ear. The European name, Rifleman, was created by English settlers due to the bird’s dark plumage being the same colour as the uniform coat of the early New Zealand militia.
Te Rarawa, Ngāti Paoa, Te Ātiawa
Rex Homan was born 1940 in Thames, New Zealand of Māori, Irish and Scottish ancestry. He lived in Auckland in his early years before moving to the Bay of Plenty. Rex has earned international recognition as a wood sculptor in the 1960s and 1970s and began working in bronze in the 1980s. His current work is influenced by the culture of the Pacific and displays uniqueness in its diversity of form and dramatic flow of lines. Rex has exhibited in solo, group and jury shows. He has won several national awards for “National Wood Skills” and is represented in corporate and private collections worldwide.
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