Spirit Wrestler Gallery (Vancouver, Canada)

Kō Au, Kō Te Arawa • I am the Shark


  • Medium: pounamu (New Zealand jade), pāua (New Zealand abalone), harakeke (New Zealand flax fibre), mahogany base
  • Size: 11 × 13 × 4 inches (incl. base)
  • Reference Code: KX111102

This wahaika (weapon form) shows the connection between man and his environment, in this case man and Mangōpare (Hammerhead Shark). It is a story of connecting him to his past and how his past will determine his future. Man is the youngest sibling within the realm of creation and though this weapon form acknowledges that we must co-exist in harmony to ensure not only the survival of the natural world but also our own.

—Lewis Gardiner

*Exhibited in two international jade festivals (2011) in Santa Barbara and Jade Cove, California, USA, representing Māori pounamu jade art from New Zealand.

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.”