“Tipuna tane hei tiki, male ancestor holding his favourite baton of authority and weapon he mere pounamu. Figure depicted as a miniaturization of a figure type found in poupou (carved wooden side panels) from a whare whakairo (carved house) in the East Coast style.”
“I have been fortunate enough to have a supportive family and met many inspiring people in my life who have encouraged me to follow my talents and passion. My father, a woodcarver himself, imparted his knowledge of woodcraft plus provided a creative environment and stories of my great-uncles Pine and John Taiapa, who were Tohunga Whakairo. I have always respected and been inspired by the artistic achievements by indigenous artisans in Aotearoa and throughout the world.”
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