Spirit Wrestler Gallery (Vancouver, Canada)

Caged Culture


Pourangahua, a chief from Aotearoa, sailed back to Hawaiki to replace the kumara plants that had perished during the first long, perilous voyage of exploration. For the return trip with the fresh supplies, the powerful tohunga (spiritual man) Ruakapanga lent the chief his two giant birds to carry the kumara plants swiftly to these new lands to the south.

Sandy Adsett

Sandy Adsett


Ngāti Kahungunu

(1939- )

Sandy attended Te Aute Boys College in Hawkes Bay and received his formal art training at Ardmore and Dunedin teachers colleges. He became an arts specialist for the Department of Education’s Advisory Service in the 1960s, helping introduce the new “Māori Arts in Schools” program. In 1993, he was appointed principal tutor at Tairawhiti Polytechnic in Gisborne, formatting a wananga (place of learning) arts direction for Toihoukura School of Māori Visual Arts.