Spirit Wrestler Gallery (Vancouver, Canada)

Te Manu Taupua (The Sentry Bird)


  • Medium: mataī (New Zealand Black pine), rātā, slate base
  • Size: 9 × 1.5 × 2 inches (excl. base)
  • Reference Code: KX60914

“This piece explores the relationship that draws parallels between birds and the human condition. These parallels are often symbolically referred to within Māori forms of classic chant, song, oratory and schools of weaponry. Te Manu Taupua is a term used for a ‘sentry bird’ that looks over the rest of the flock while feeding.”

Hemi Sundgren

Hemi Sundgren


Te Ati Awa, Ngāti Toa, Ngāti Koata, Ngāti Raukawa

(1975- )

Hemi’s work is underpinned by a strong cultural base and is exploring new forms and techniques and materials to develop new interpretations. He is a talented emerging artist who’s work has been exhibited regionally, nationally and internationally. Hemi’s work as a participating and practising artist is only one of the many roles he currently fulfils. He is an accomplished carver, researcher of whakapapa tribal history, waiata (classical song), ruruku (classical incantaion) and traditional oral histories, particular to the tribes he belongs to.