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.
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