The Tewhatewha is another deadly weapon but was also significant as a weapon of command. Chiefs to signal a war party into different positions as they strategically tried to outwit their opponents often used these weapons. For this reason I feel that the Tewhatewha has an air of authority about it and that I relate it to the Pakake (whale). The sheer size and power of this magnificent creature is the inspiration for the surface pattern. If a mirror image is made of this weapon, then you would see that the surface pattern becomes a whale tail, a prominent feature and a beautiful form of this large graceful mammal of the oceans.
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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