“Kawerua is the name of a place here in Waipoua which derives from the ancient kaitiaki (guardian) known as Kaweau. A tupuna (ancestor) of ours encountered a pair of them at that place. Kaweau represent an ancient reptile, reputed to be the largest of the gecko family. According to our old people they were associated with the kauri and were special due to their size and rarity.”
Te Roroa, Ngāti Whātua, Ngā Puhi
Alex worked in traditional materials such as bone, shell, stone and wood until the late 1980s when his brother, Manos, introduced him to Michael Kabotie, the Hopi silversmith. Now Alex works exclusively with silver as his primary material and uses traditional materials as highlights. Adapting and exploring traditional Māori designs within the silver medium, he incorporates traditional motifs in his uniquely constructed and carved silver pieces.
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