Spirit Wrestler Gallery (Vancouver, Canada)

Ao Mārama • Whale Flute


Hei koiri ra e te puia o Te ao màrama, Ka hoki nei ténei /
“farewell spring of the world of light and life, I am returning home”.

The melodic sounds of the whale signals the long journey home.
This allows one to yearn for the return from where they have
left to see friends and family once again.

—Lewis Tamihana Gardiner

Lewis Tamihana Gardiner

Lewis Tamihana Gardiner


Te Arawa, Ngāti Awa, Whanau a Apanui, Ngāi Tahu

(1972- )

Lewis Gardiner is regarded as one of the most innovative and respected Māori jade artists of his generation. In 1994, he graduated in Māori Craft and Design at the Waiariki Institute of Technology in Rotorua. During his final year he was introduced to the valuable medium of pounamu (jade) and was immediately attracted to its artistic possibilities. Māori had always valued pounamu for both its hardness and for its translucent beauty. Lewis was no different — as he says, “Our tupuna (ancestors) have given us, the Māori people, the resource and knowledge base to provide a reference for us and our children for years to come.”