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James Rickard

One of seven students selected for the first intake at the Institute in 1967, today James Rickard is a Tohunga Whakairo (Master Carver) and Tumu Whakarae (Head of the School). He takes great pride in the role the Institute has had on preserving the art of whakairo (carving) in New Zealand and sees ‘a better future not only for the graduates of this school but for Māori culture in general’.


Students work towards completing a two year diploma in this time-honoured tradition, with projects that aim to prepare them for establishing careers as carvers once they leave the school.

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