Spirit Wrestler Gallery (Vancouver, Canada)

Hōkioi • Great Night Bird


  • National Woodskills Festival 2006 1st Sculpture Award
  • Whangamata Arts Festival 2007 1st Sculpture Award
  • Whangamata Arts Festival 2007 Supreme Award

The Haast Eagle also known as the Harpagornis Eagle. This massive and powerful bird, referred to by the Māori as the Pouakai or Hokioi, is sadly now extinct.

Rex Homan

Rex Homan


Te Rarawa, Ngāti Paoa, Te Ātiawa

(1940- )

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.