Spirit Wrestler Gallery (Vancouver, Canada)

Whiria Te Kaha …


  • Medium: jade, 9kt gold, brass
  • Size: 21 × 10 × 3 inches (excl. base)
  • Reference Code: KX50316

The tiheru (canoe bailer) is a link to the great navigators. When stating one’s whakapapa (genealogy), the waka (canoe) is an important tie to the tupuna (ancestors). It is from this point that many individual threads are joined to make our people and culture strong.

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.”