Heads of Te Wānanga Whakairo Rākau (wood carving school) are James Rickard (left) and Clive Fugill (right). Both master carvers were one of seven students chosen in 1967 to study under master carver John Taiapa at the New Zealand Māori Arts and Crafts Institute at Te Puia.
James Rickard (Tainui, Ngāti Porou) - Tohunga Whakairo (Master Carver), Tumu Whakarae (Head of The School). James believes that the institute has created "an unbroken line of traditional art from Ruatepupuke (a Māori ancestor) down to today’s graduates." He is impressed with the influence that the institute has had on the retention of the art of whakairo. Today, James looks forward to ‘a better future not only for the graduates of this school but for Māori culture in general.’
Clive Fugill (Ngāi Te Rangi) - Tohunga Whakairo (Master Carver), Tumu Whakarae (Head of The School)
Taonga Treasure Gallery - Here at Te Puia we offer you the chance to take away traditional Māori carvings, beautiful handcrafted pieces made at the carving school.
We also accept carving commissions at Āhua New Zealand Māori Art Gallery.