Spirit Wrestler Gallery (Vancouver, Canada)

Tunaroa II


  • Medium: maire (ironwood), pāua (New Zealand abalone)
  • Size: 11.5 × 3 × 2 inches
  • Reference Code: K90709

“This tekoteko draws on the story of Maui and Tunaroa and is the second of a series of pieces that explore the nature of the narrative that has become the foundational base for the practice of harvesting eels for Māori to this day.”

Hemi Sundgren

Hemi Sundgren

Hemi Sundgren


Te Ati Awa, Ngāti Toa, Ngāti Koata, Ngāti Raukawa

(1975- )

Hemi’s work is underpinned by a strong cultural base and is exploring new forms and techniques and materials to develop new interpretations. He is a talented emerging artist who’s work has been exhibited regionally, nationally and internationally. Hemi’s work as a participating and practising artist is only one of the many roles he currently fulfils. He is an accomplished carver, researcher of whakapapa tribal history, waiata (classical song), ruruku (classical incantaion) and traditional oral histories, particular to the tribes he belongs to.