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Nga Waka A Iwi • Canoe People


  • Medium: pounamu (New Zealand jade), kiwi feathers
  • Size: 26 × 9 × 3 inches (incl. base)
  • Reference Code: KG70905


I have always liked the stories told by to me by Northwest Coast artists who refer to themselves as “canoe people”. It is one of the many similarities between our cultures. Both were great navigators who explored and travelled the great Pacific Ocean. The taurapa (stern post of waka - canoe) symbolize objects of both the spiritual and physical world. On this sculptural taurapa form the male and female faces refer to the beginning and continuation of whakapapa (genealogy).

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.”

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