Story: Regional cultural life

Carving school, Rotorua

Carving school, Rotorua

Students are shown hard at work carving pou (posts) at the Rotorua School of Maori Arts and Crafts in the early 1930s. The school had been established at Whakarewarewa in 1927 by Apirana Ngata. It drew on the tradition of carving among Ngāti Tarāwhai, a Rotoiti subtribe of Te Arawa. Film-making and singing were other forms of cultural creativity in Rotorua during the interwar years.

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Pip Howells, 'Regional cultural life - Regional creative life, early 20th century', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, (accessed 23 January 2022)

Story by Pip Howells, published 22 Oct 2014