When this picture was taken in 2004, Arekatera Maihi (of Ngāti Whātua 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 pounamu (greenstone) to shape his carving. Before Europeans introduced steel, Māori used these greenstone adzes to construct their whare (houses).
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New Zealand Māori Arts and Crafts Institute
Photograph by Shirley Williams
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