Pātiki (flounder fish) is a diamond shape. It’s also the name of a group of stars used to forecast weather. Design is inspired by taniko (fine weaving) and signifies good weather and abundance. Stylized whare (house) on one side is the physical realm and on the other is the spiritual/ancestor realm.
“I have been fortunate enough to have a supportive family and met many inspiring people in my life who have encouraged me to follow my talents and passion. My father, a woodcarver himself, imparted his knowledge of woodcraft plus provided a creative environment and stories of my great-uncles Pine and John Taiapa, who were Tohunga Whakairo. I have always respected and been inspired by the artistic achievements by indigenous artisans in Aotearoa and throughout the world.”
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