National Carving School (Te Wānanga Whakairo Rākau)
Since its first intake in 1967 the Carving School (Te Wānanga Whakairo) has nurtured and trained hundreds of carvers. In this school the prestigious art of carving is taught, passed on to young trainees under the skilled guidance of master carvers.
Students complete a three-year diploma with the opportunity to complete a further honours year at the completion of their degree. The work produced by students is of the highest standard. For over 40 years, Te Puia has carved - partly or fully - over 30 wharenui (meeting houses) throughout New Zealand and created countless gifts for official guests and dignitaries visiting the country. The latest gift carved by the school, Te Kākano, is a 10 metre (32.8 foot) carving, taking centre stage at the New Zealand Pavillion at the Shanghai World Expo 2010.
Here at Te Puia we offer you the chance to take away traditional Māori carvings, beautiful handcrafted pieces made at the National Carving School. We also accept carving commissions.
Carving School Enrolments
Download PDF Application for Enrolment to Te Wānanga Whakairo Rākau o Aotearoa.