Spirit Wrestler Gallery (Vancouver, Canada)

Ngā Pō o Te Marama • Phases of the Moon


“One face has a manaia form and that represents the new moon — He Whiro. It is depicted in a manaia (side facing) form as it is not yet fully developed, therefore is still a dark moon — He Hinapouri. The image is painted on the inside of the pounamu convex circle and is joined with an Australian black jade rim, which represents the waxing moon — Te Marama i Whanake. The other face is a full face form and represents the bright night — He Ahoroa. It is depicted front on as a full face of the moon — He Atua. This image is also painted on the inside of that pounamu convex circle, also joined to the Australian black jade rim, which represents the waning moon — Te Marama i Taha.”

Fayne Robinson

Fayne Robinson


Kāi Tahu, Ngāti Apa Ki Te Ra To, Ngāti Porou

(1964- )

Fayne was born and raised in Hokitika (Te Tai Poutini) on the west coast of New Zealand’s South Island. He graduated from the New Zealand Māori Arts and Crafts Institute in Rotorua in 1984. After another four years as a graduate carver, he tutored in Hokitika before returning to Rotorua to further his knowledge of carving. Trained in wananga (traditional schooling), he is now developing his own contemporary style.