Spirit Wrestler Gallery (Vancouver, Canada)

Wairua • Spirit


  • Medium: pounamu (New Zealand jade), ivory
  • Size: 16 × 12 × 9 inches
  • Reference Code: K70302

Kapai kotia Te taitapu ki Hawaiki / “the sacred sea link to Hawaiki is cut”
Hawaiki is the spiritual homeland that connects Maori to the great Pacific ocean.
This physical sea link no longer exists and one can only return in spirit.
Hawaiki the place of origin for Maori.

—Lewis Tamihana Gardiner

Lewis Tamihana Gardiner

Lewis Tamihana Gardiner


Te Arawa, Ngāti Awa, Whanau a Apanui, Ngāi Tahu

(1972- )

Lewis Gardiner is regarded as one of the most innovative and respected Māori jade artists of his generation. In 1994, he graduated in Māori Craft and Design at the Waiariki Institute of Technology in Rotorua. During his final year he was introduced to the valuable medium of pounamu (jade) and was immediately attracted to its artistic possibilities. Māori had always valued pounamu for both its hardness and for its translucent beauty. Lewis was no different — as he says, “Our tupuna (ancestors) have given us, the Māori people, the resource and knowledge base to provide a reference for us and our children for years to come.”