Spirit Wrestler Gallery (Vancouver, Canada)

Matuku Moana • Reef Heron


An uncommon native, the slim, bluish grey plumaged Reef Heron frequents mangrove flats mainly in the north of the North Island of New Zealand.

Related to the recent arrival, the graceful White-Faced Heron from Australia, the Reef Heron with its shorter legs and its hunched, almost horizontal feeding stance, is nevertheless a very shapely, attractive bird.

Rather shy and much less adaptable than the aggressive White-Faced Heron, the Reef Heron is slowly being pushed aside and becoming scarce. Fortunately, it is now found in parts of Australia and Southeast Asia.

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.