Spirit Wrestler Gallery (Vancouver, Canada)

Niho Roa Tāriana • Boar Tusk


“A mature wild boar can have tusks over three and a half inches long that it uses for fighting other boars for dominance. These tusks are sharpened by the grinder teeth on the top jaw and become razor sharp. Sharp tusks on a savage boar are a lethal weapon and have ripped and killed many a hunter’s dog, so the tusks and jaw of a wild boar is a much prized trophy to pig hunters all across Aotearoa.”

Todd Couper

Todd Couper


Ngāti Kahungunu

(1974- )

Todd attended Te Aute Boys College in Hawkes Bay from 1987 to 1991 and quickly excelled in art. In 1995, he completed the Diploma of Art, Craft and Māori Design at Waiariki Institute of Technology in Rotorua; he majored in woodcarving/sculpture and graduated with honours. It was during this time that he met Roi Toia, who was teaching there. Roi, impressed with his talent, invited Todd to apprentice with him. They continue to work together, but Todd has forged his own style and direction in carving, with commissioned pieces residing in collections in the United States, Canada, Australia and the Netherlands. He participated in Kiwa: Pacific Connections (2003) in Vancouver, Canada.