“This is a continuation of an evolving series paying tribute to nga mana wahine o Ngāti Porou. A study of figure carving in the round. Tipuna wears adornments of a moko kauae (chin tattoo), kapeu ear pendants and pekapeka pendant. Wheku mask and hands protectively holding pregnant belly refer to fertility and potential of women to bear offspring and future generations.”
“I have been fortunate enough to have a supportive family and met many inspiring people in my life who have encouraged me to follow my talents and passion. My father, a woodcarver himself, imparted his knowledge of woodcraft plus provided a creative environment and stories of my great-uncles Pine and John Taiapa, who were Tohunga Whakairo. I have always respected and been inspired by the artistic achievements by indigenous artisans in Aotearoa and throughout the world.”
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