Spirit Wrestler Gallery (Vancouver, Canada)



  • Medium: onewa (greywacke), pāua (New Zealand abalone)
  • Size: 6 × 3 × 1.25 inches
  • Reference Code: KX150503

“Acknowledges the old original form of rei puta from a whale’s tooth and is to honour the 2013 whale strandings on the west coast of New Zealand, depicted in my carving ‘Āwhiowhio a Taramakau’. Koropepe is the name of the stranded baby pilot whale”.

—Fayne Robinson

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.