Story: Te Arawa

Carver, Whakarewarewa (3rd of 3)

Carver, Whakarewarewa

When this picture was taken in 2004, Arekatera Maihi (of Ngāti Whatua and Ngāpuhi descent) was a carver at the New Zealand Māori Arts and Crafts Institute. Here he is using a traditional toki (adze) with a blade made from greenstone (nephrite) to shape his carving. The people of Te Arawa have a long history of carving, and Māori from all over New Zealand come to train at Rotorua.

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New Zealand Māori Arts and Crafts Institute
Photograph by Shirley Williams

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Paul Tapsell, 'Te Arawa - Economic and social change', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, (accessed 1 December 2021)

Story by Paul Tapsell, published 8 Feb 2005, updated 22 Mar 2017