Spirit Wrestler Gallery (Vancouver, Canada)

Kōauau • Flute


  • Medium: glass (blown and carved), pāua (New Zealand abalone), pounamu base (New Zealand jade)
  • Size: 4.75 × 1.25 × 1.25 inches (excl. base)
  • Reference Code: KX121013

Assisted by Joe Benvenuto.

“The kōauau when played by an expert had the ability to link the past to the present, to send the listener to a place of thought to reflect on the past.”

Lewis Tamihana Gardiner

Lewis Tamihana Gardiner


Te Arawa, Ngāti Awa, Whanau a Apanui, Ngāi Tahu

(1972- )

Lewis Gardiner is regarded as one of the most innovative and respected Māori jade artists of his generation. In 1994, he graduated in Māori Craft and Design at the Waiariki Institute of Technology in Rotorua. During his final year he was introduced to the valuable medium of pounamu (jade) and was immediately attracted to its artistic possibilities. Māori had always valued pounamu for both its hardness and for its translucent beauty. Lewis was no different — as he says, “Our tupuna (ancestors) have given us, the Māori people, the resource and knowledge base to provide a reference for us and our children for years to come.”