Brought to you by Award-winning luxury travel company Jacada Travel, Tourism New Zealand and New Zealand Māori Arts and Crafts Institute, for a series of Māori cultural events in Central, Hong Kong on 1 September.
Māori Artistry: Carving Demonstration by New Zealand Māori Arts and Crafts Institute
Preserving and promoting Māori culture through traditional Māori’s carving, join James Rickard, master carver on wood and Rick Peters, stone and bone carver for a demonstration of their crafts. With every carving comes a story unique to the tribe and area.
Watch and learn first-hand about the living legacy of traditional Māori art as these demonstrations present both artistic talent and historical significance.
About James Rickard, Master Carver
Master Carver – The New Zealand Wood Carving School
Ngāti Koata, Ngāti Hinerupe
Tohunga Whakairo (Master Carver) James Rickard was one of seven students selected in 1967 to study the traditional Māori art form of carving at the New Zealand Māori Arts and Crafts Institute in Rotorua. James takes great pride in the influence the institute has had on the retention of the art of whakairo (carving) in New Zealand. For James, carving is literature, with every carving telling a kōrero (story) that is unique to the iwi (tribe) and area.
About Rick Peters, Stone & Bone Carver
Tutor: The National Stone and Bone Carving School
Te Whānau-a-Apanui, Ngāi Tai & Ngā Puhi
Rick Peters is a graduate student of Te Takapū o Rotowhio – Stone and Bone Carving School who is passionate about studying the old forms, weapons and patterns of whakairo. With the use of modern tools, he loves to try and push technical boundaries in creating tribal style pendants.
He likes to design innovative contemporary concepts whilst remaining in synch with traditional whakairo. Rick Peters wishes to continue stone and bone carving to achieve quality works at the highest possible standards.
About Te Puia
Te Puia spans 70 hectares within the historic Te Whakarewarewa Geothermal Valley, on the edge of Rotorua. We are home to the world famous Pōhutu geyser, mud pools, hot springs and silica formations. You will also find the native Kiwi bird and the national schools of wood carving, weaving, stone and bone carving. We have shared these taonga (treasures) with manuhiri (visitors) for over 170 years and proudly continue that tradition today.