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Thomas Herbert

Mātanga Whakairo
  • Ngāi Tūhoe, Ngāti Rongomai, Ngāti Te Wehi, Ngāti Whare, Ngāti Hikairo
Wānanga
Te Wānanga Whakairo Rākau o Aotearoa

Description Tommy joined the 36th Intake to NZMACI. He was inspired to join as there was a lack of whakairo (Māori carving) artists in his whānau (family). Tommy knows he is at the right place. “Here at NZMACI, the carving tutors are recognised as the best in the world,” he says. He hopes his skills will benefit his people - “I’d like to leave behind a legacy for future generations.”

Tommy joined the 36th Intake to NZMACI. He was inspired to join as there was a lack of whakairo (Māori carving) artists in his whānau (family).

Tommy knows he is at the right place. “Here at NZMACI, the carving tutors are recognised as the best in the world,” he says. He hopes his skills will benefit his people – “I’d like to leave behind a legacy for future generations.”

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