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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."    




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