Spirit Wrestler Gallery (Vancouver, Canada)

“Matariki in Recession”


“Money, power and status are being challenged by global economy. Men and women are searching for new measures of sustainability to prepare for survival into the next millennium. The 64 million dollar question is, “How can we survive under the current financial crisis?” Too many jobs have been lost; less money is available; less expenditure is occurring; and cultivating and harvesting food is now a necessity. The young and old are carrying the burdens of today on their shoulders. Could sustainability be the key to survival? Is Matariki in recession? Ask yourself? Taukiri e!

Barry Te Whatu

Barry Te Whatu

Barry Te Whatu


Taranaki Tuturu, Ngā Puhi

(1972- )

Barry was born in Taranaki and raised in a little northern town in Maungaturoto. Barry’s inspiration and passion for Māori Art and carving developed in the early 1990’s when he returned to Taranaki in his teenage years to study Fine Arts at Taranaki Polytechnic. Barry furthered his studies and graduated from Wellington Institute of Technology with a Bachelor in Visual Arts in 2006.