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James Rickard

Tohunga Whakairo (Master Carver)
  • Ngāti Koata, Ngāti Hinerupe, Tainui & Ngāti Porou
Wānanga
Te Wānanga Whakairo Rākau o Aotearoa

Description James was one of seven tauira 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 in the retention of the art of whakairo (carving) in New Zealand. For James, carving is literature, with every carving telling a story that is unique to the iwi (tribe) and area.

James was one of seven tauira 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 in the retention of the art of whakairo (carving) in New Zealand. For James, carving is literature, with every carving telling a story that is unique to the iwi (tribe) and area.

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