The Taiaha is one the more recognized Māori weapons and is deadly in the hands of a warrior. I have aligned this weapon with the Mako shark, an infamous predator of the sea and deadly when on the hunt for its prey. The Mako shark is known to be extremely fast and maneuverable which I liken to the Taiaha in full flight. As an extension of a warrior in body and mind, this lethal combination of skill and determination echoes the finesse and raw power of the Mako shark.
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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