Hinaki grew out of a concept proposal for a waterfront project for the city of Auckland in 2001… Originally conceived as a nine-metre-high (thirty-foot-high) structure under which one could walk to peer into the internal vortex, Hinaki (Eel Trap) was to be complemented by an ascending series of taruke (lobster traps) set obliquely on their sides, the largest to have been at two metres (seven feet) in height.
Te Whanau a Rakairoa o Ngāti Porou
Robert earned his Bachelor of Fine Arts in Industrial Design in 1976 and his first-class Master of Fine Arts in Graphic Design in 1978, both from Auckland University. In 1980, he graduated with a Master of Fine Arts in Experimental Animation from the California Institute of the Arts. He is currently professor and head of the School of Māori Studies/coordinator of Māori Visual Arts at Massey University in Palmerston North and a doctoral candidate there.
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