Spirit Wrestler Gallery (Vancouver, Canada)

Ngā Manu • The Birds / The Spirit of the Bird


Birds played an extremely important role in the lives of the old time Māori. A favourite food, birds also provided plumes for adorning the hair and feathers used in the making of treasured cloaks.

In a spiritual sense birds were also held in a high regard. People sometimes associated themselves and others with birds and their individual characteristics. Because of their ability to fly, birds were likened to supernatural beings and spirits took the form of birds.

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.