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Tipene Oneroa, born and raised in Australia, returning home to Aotearoa upon successfully securing a place within our wananga, he is nearing the end of his whāinga aronui (3rd year extra studies) at Te Takapū o Rotowhio (NZMACI’s National Bone & Stone Carving School).
Due to graduate at the end of September, Tipene has been working on a series of three pieces, based on a customary Te Tai Tokerau (Northern) style of papa kōiwi (burial chest).
Having approached his series with the intent of creating vessels containing representations of life, death and the place in-between, the afterlife.