National Pounamu, Stone and Bone Carving School (Te Takapū o Rotowhio)
Te Takapū o Rotowhio was launched at Te Puia on 5 October 2009. It is another extension of Te Puia’s commitment to its legislation; the New Zealand Māori Arts and Crafts Institute Act of 1963. This legislation was put in place (originally in 1926) to maintain, develop and promote the arts, crafts and culture of Māori.
The School trains students in the time honoured carving tradition of pounamu (New Zealand greenstone), bone and stone. Students will work towards completing a two-year diploma. The work produced by students is of the highest standard. Students have access to high-quality tutors, workshop facilities and tools. Carved items made onsite are also available in Te Puia’s retail store and may also be purchased online.
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 pounamu (greenstone / jade) carving commissions.
Carving School Applications
Download PDF Application for Enrolment to Te Takapū o Rotowhio Pōkairua (Diploma)