Spirit Wrestler Gallery (Vancouver, Canada)

Te Matau a Kiwa • The Hook of Kiwa


Kiwa was the explorer of the Pacific, hence the Maori name for the Pacific Ocean “Te Moananui a Kiwa”. The matau (hook) used in today’s society has taken a more symbolic role than as a functional object. It represents strength (strength of the people), prosperity (to acknowledge the past, to prosper now and in the future), and unity (bound together as one to succeed in whatever path chosen).

Lewis 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.”