Spirit Wrestler Gallery (Vancouver, Canada)

Aue Whale Flute


  • Medium: ivory, pounamu (New Zealand jade) base
  • Size: 4.75 × 5 × 2 inches (incl. base)
  • Reference Code: KX90704

“The cry from a distressed whale can be heard for thousands of kilometers. When this cry is made, whales from the pod will come from near and far to help. The melody from the flute signals to us as people for the need to help and support one another in times of crisis, just like the whales.”

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.”