Spirit Wrestler Gallery (Vancouver, Canada)

Te Mauri o te Hā • October Moon: Life Force


In Māori greetings, the hongi takes place. An action when two people press noses for a short period of time. This greeting is a symbol of the breath or the passing of the mauri (essence of life) from one being to another, the creation of life. Just before the sun rises in the morning, the beautiful sound of the birds act like the mauri for the sun, awakening him from his sleep bringing light and warmth to the day. The nguru (nose flute) is in the form of bird with the breath from the nose bringing the bird flute to life.

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.”