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Arapo Whata

Arapo Whata

Ngati Pkiao/Tainui


"My first introduction to the Maori arts was as a student at Rotorua Boys High School learning wood carving [Whakairo].  My teacher suggested I apply for a position at Te Takapu o Rotowhio [the Pounamu School within Te Puia].  My application was successful and for a time studied under the guidance of Lewis Gardiner and then Stacy Gordine.  I graduated 3rd Intake of Te Takapu o Rotowhio and have secured a position as a junior craver with my first teacher and mentor Lewis Gardiner at his working studio Rakai Jade. 


I am passionate about my culture and enjoy learning all I can about the arts.  My goal for the future is to immerse myself in the pounamu carving and honed my skills.  If in the process I can provide for my family then that is a bonus. 


I am all for preserving our culture and educating myself and others about our pounamu and envisage so for many years to come."    




Greenstone Hei Tiki Jewellery
Greenstone Hei Tiki Jewellery

Greenstone Hei Tiki

Hei tiki pounamu.Dimensions: 50mm x 90mm x 11mm.While the size, shape and design of your piece will closely match the photographed item, bear in mind that each raw-stone has unique characteristics for..

$1,150.00