Spirit Wrestler Gallery (Vancouver, Canada)

Te Amokura • Red-Tailed Tropic Bird


A medium sized seabird, the Amokura is confined to the tropical seas in the New Zealand region. Breeding at the Kermadec Islands northeast of the northern tip of New Zealand’s North Island, it is a rare visitor to the mainland.

An attractive bird, the Amokura is distinguished by its tern-like appearance and two very long red central tail streamers. These streamers are used dramatically in spectacular courtship displays whilst in flight.

Although not a New Zealand resident, the Amokura, during strong easterly gales is sometimes washed ashore on beaches in the far north of the North Island either dead or exhausted.

The old-time Māori greatly admired and treasured the Amokura’s two red tail plumes or streamers. They were worn in the hair of highly ranked people, more often men than women.

—Rex Homan

Rex Homan

Rex Homan


Te Rarawa, Ngāti Paoa, Te Ātiawa

(1940- )

Rex Homan was born 1940 in Thames, New Zealand of Māori, Irish and Scottish ancestry. He lived in Auckland in his early years before moving to the Bay of Plenty. Rex has earned international recognition as a wood sculptor in the 1960s and 1970s and began working in bronze in the 1980s. His current work is influenced by the culture of the Pacific and displays uniqueness in its diversity of form and dramatic flow of lines. Rex has exhibited in solo, group and jury shows. He has won several national awards for “National Wood Skills” and is represented in corporate and private collections worldwide.