I have worked on a variety of pieces created from a range of different raakau.
Examples of wharenui on which I have worked in the capacity of kai whakairo.
Waka Taua or war canoes that were carved in hawaii and Doubtless Bay in the far north. Two waka were done in 2003 and 2006 during the International Festival of Canoes in Lahaina, Maui. They were fashioned from albizia trees brought in from the solomon islands.
Three other waka taua were built in taipa, Doubtless Bay. I was part of a carving team that traveled from Wellington to Kaitaia for up to 2weeks at a time to carve the rauawa (side gunnels) and tauihu(prow) and taurapa (stern).
Festival of Canoes
Hawaii 2003 & 2006
The festival brings together all of the Pacific Islands in the building of their traditional canoe .We were involved in every step needed to build a waka from the felling of the raakau to its maiden voyage on the water. All of this was done over a period of 10 days. Aotearoa was lead by master waka builder Hekenukumai Puhipi. I was fortunate enough to be one of the carvers involved in both the 2003 and 2006 festivals.
Collaborative Work Overseas
In Australlia we had the opportunity to collaborate with an Aboriginal artist and complete two poupou for a local kōhanga reo.
Eleven pou were carved for an environmentalist organisation in Seoul, South Korea. The environmentalists are guardians of a particular feeding ground for the Bar-tailed godwit, commonly known to the Maori as the Kuaka bird.
Ngaati Whakaue early childhood centre
A total of 8 Pou whakarae representing the stories and history of Ngaati Whakaue.
Te Maunga Kura Toi 2013-2014
These six bodies of work were completed as part of my degree studies with each piece having a written research assignment attached.
Pa Harakeke eco cultural tourism centre
This Poupou was designed and carved for the centre representing an ancestor of Ngaati Rereahu.