Spirit Wrestler Gallery (Vancouver, Canada)

Manaia • Guardian Pendant

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  • Medium: pounamu, paua
  • Size: 3.5 × 1.5 inches
  • Reference Code: NZ150915

Arapo Whata

Arapo Whata

Ngati Pkiao / Tainui

(1994- )

My first introduction to the Maori arts was as a student at Rotorua Boys High School learning wood carving [Whakairo]. My teacher suggested I apply for a position at Te Takapu o Rotowhio [the Pounamu School within Te Puia]. My application was successful and for a time studied under the guidance of Lewis Gardiner and then Stacy Gordine. I graduated 3rd Intake of Te Takapu o Rotowhio and have secured a position as a junior craver with my first teacher and mentor Lewis Gardiner at his working studio Rakai Jade.