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  • Medium: maire (ironwood), flax
  • Size: 1.5 × 16 × 4.75 inches
  • Reference Code: K41101


For the patu I have chosen a fish called the Kahawai. They often swim in large schools when feeding on smaller fish and will work themselves into frenzy. They aren’t a huge fish but are very strong and when caught are known for their tremendous fighting spirit. Their fast attack movements are similar to the rapid strike patterns of an exponent of the patu in close quarters hand-to-hand combat.

Todd Couper

Todd Couper


Ngāti Kahungunu

(1974- )

Todd attended Te Aute Boys College in Hawkes Bay from 1987 to 1991 and quickly excelled in art. In 1995, he completed the Diploma of Art, Craft and Māori Design at Waiariki Institute of Technology in Rotorua; he majored in woodcarving/sculpture and graduated with honours. It was during this time that he met Roi Toia, who was teaching there. Roi, impressed with his talent, invited Todd to apprentice with him. They continue to work together, but Todd has forged his own style and direction in carving, with commissioned pieces residing in collections in the United States, Canada, Australia and the Netherlands. He participated in Kiwa: Pacific Connections (2003) in Vancouver, Canada.

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Between Abbott St. and Carrall St.

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