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  • Medium: maire (ironwood), flax
  • Size: 1.25 × 15 × 5 inches
  • Reference Code: K50801


The fish represented in this Kotiate is the Tuna (eel). This fish can best describe the weapon in its movements. The very smooth and aqueous motion of the tuna can be blended into the fighting style of a warrior by mimicking its actions which can be then be transformed into fighting maneuvers. A unique characteristic of the eel is being able to swim backwards as well as forwards with explosive speed. By incorporating and practicing these moves will enable the arms and wrists of the warrior to become stronger and suppler.

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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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