Spirit Wrestler Gallery (Vancouver, Canada)

Whakaarotia • To Contemplate, Consider, Think About


The image of the shark has a double meaning. In one sense it refers to one of our kaitiaki (guardians) that protects our fishing grounds and our coastal areas. In another sense it represents the many recent arrivals to these shores who see coastal areas such as ours as ideal land on which to build large holiday homes and plunder fish resources and generally, through greed and thoughtlessness, destroy the coastal environment that we currently have.

Steve Gibbs

Steve Gibbs


Ngāi Tamanuhiri, Ngāti Kahungunu

(1955- )

Steve was born and raised in Gisborne. In 1978 he earned a Diploma in Fine Arts from the University of Canterbury in Christchurch, New Zealand, where he majored in painting, printmaking and art history, then completed a Diploma in Secondary Teaching at the Christchurch College of Education in 1979. He has worked as a lecturer in Māori Design at Christchurch Polytechnic and, since 1994, as principal tutor at Toihoukura School of Māori Visual Arts at the Tairāwhiti Polytechnic in Gisborne.