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  • Medium: maire (ironwood), flax
  • Size: 1.25 × 15 × 5 inches
  • Reference Code: K50802


Translated literally, Wahaika means the mouth of a fish, which can describe the general shape of this unique weapon in its asymmetrical form. On that theme I chose to represent the Wahaika as the Mangopare (hammerhead shark), by stylizing the design of the weapon as one half of the fish. This represents the speed and agility of which it can move through the water and the unpredictable nature when in fighting mode. Warriors would often align themselves with the Mangopare as it was known for its tenacious fighting spirit.

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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