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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."    




Manaia Pounamu Jewellery
Manaia Pounamu Jewellery

Manaia Pounamu

Greenstone pounamu.New Zealand pounamu (greenstone) is from the South Island of New Zealand. Pounamu is considered a taonga (treasure), has mana (status) and is sacred. Meanings behind designs in carv..

$375.00

Manaia Pounamu

$375.00

Hei Tiki Pounamu - Large Jewellery
Hei Tiki Pounamu - Large Jewellery

Hei Tiki Pounamu - Large

Greenstone pounamu.New Zealand pounamu (greenstone) is from the South Island of New Zealand. Pounamu is considered a taonga (treasure), has mana (status) and is sacred. Meanings behind designs in carv..

$750.00
Pounamu Jewellery
Pounamu Jewellery

Pounamu

Greenstone pounamu.New Zealand pounamu (greenstone) is from the South Island of New Zealand. Pounamu is considered a taonga (treasure), has mana (status) and is sacred. Meanings behind designs in carv..

$550.00

Pounamu

$550.00

Greenstone Hei Tiki Jewellery
Greenstone Hei Tiki Jewellery

Greenstone Hei Tiki

Hei tiki pounamu. New Zealand pounamu (greenstone) is from the South Island of New Zealand. Pounamu is considered a taonga (treasure), has mana (status) and is sacred. Meanings behind designs in carvi..

$1,150.00