In Māori mythology the story is told of how the demigod Māui fished up from the ocean depths the North Island of New Zealand.
One day out fishing with his brothers using a fishhook fashioned from the jawbone of his deceased grandmother and using his own blood as bait Māui hooks a great fish.
After a long, exhausting struggle he finally lands the fish, which stretches out on top of the ocean to become Te Ika a Māui or the North Island of Aotearoa (New Zealand.)
Rex Homan’s interpretation of the myth uses the Whai (eagle ray) to represent Māui’s fish. The ray’s head is where Wellington is situated, its wings are Taranaki and the East Coast and its whip-tail is Northland.
Te Rarawa, Ngāti Paoa, Te Ātiawa
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.
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