Spirit Wrestler Gallery (Vancouver, Canada)

Hoiho • Yellow-Eyed Penguin


The penguin family is flightless, stocky, fish eating aquatic birds, which inhabit the earth’s southern oceans. One of the eight species of penguin breeding in the New Zealand region, the Hoiho is endemic, protected and uncommon. Found only along the east and south coastline and on offshore islands of the lower part of South Island, the Hoiho is an extremely social bird living and breeding in groups.

With its streamlined body, the Hoiho, like all his relatives is superbly adapted to live in the sea. In a similar fashion to birds in the sky, penguins fly through the water using modified wings (flippers) to “fly”. Encroaching foreshore development, commercial fishing and predators have all contributed to the Hoiho’s significant population decline.

The Hoiho was once an important food for the old time Māori who gave it this name because of the call it makes.

Rex Homan

Rex Homan


Te Rarawa, Ngāti Paoa, Te Ātiawa

(1940- )

Rex Homan was born 1940 in Thames, New Zealand of Māori, Irish and Scottish ancestry. He lived in Auckland in his early years before moving to the Bay of Plenty. Rex has earned international recognition as a wood sculptor in the 1960s and 1970s and began working in bronze in the 1980s. His current work is influenced by the culture of the Pacific and displays uniqueness in its diversity of form and dramatic flow of lines. Rex has exhibited in solo, group and jury shows. He has won several national awards for “National Wood Skills” and is represented in corporate and private collections worldwide.