The National Schools Of Wood Carving, Stone & Bone Carving, and Weaving

Primarily based in Rotorua, New Zealand Māori Arts and Crafts Institute (NZMACI) is the home of the national schools of carving (including pounamu and bone) and weaving. NZMACI also operates the national school for canoe construction which is based in Doubtless Bay on the east coast of the Northland Region.

Te Wānanga Whakairo Rākau o Aotearoa

Te Wānanga Whakairo Rākau o Aotearoa
The National Wood Carving School

About Te Wānanga Whakairo Rākau o Aotearoa

“Ehara i a te rākau te whakaaro, kei ā te Tohunga tārai i te rākau te whakaaro – It is a carver, not the wood that has the understanding – If you forget your ancestors, you too are forgotten”

Since the first intake at Te Wānanga Whakairo, many young Māori from iwi (tribes) throughout New Zealand have been taught the Māori practice of wood carving under the expert guidance of master carvers who were once trainees at the school.

Applications Now Open For 2020
We are only accepting applications for Te Wānanga Whakairo Rākau o Aotearoa (National Wood Carving School) and Te Takapū o Rotowhio (National Bone & Stone Carving School) for 2020. If you would like to register your interest for any of our other Kura please complete an EOI form here.

Te Takapū o Rotowhio

Te Takapū o Rotowhio
The National Stone and Bone Carving School

About Te Takapū o Rotowhio

At Te Takapū, students learn the revered tradition of carving pounamu (Nephrite-Jade/Greenstone), bone and stone.

The school opened on 5 October 2009, expanding on NZMACI’s commitment to maintaining, developing and promoting the arts, crafts and culture of iwi Māori (Māori tribes) as mandated by the New Zealand Maori Arts and Crafts Institute Act (1963) (History).


Te Rito

Te Rito
The National Weaving School

About Te Rito

“Ko te taura whiri, he whiri i te tangata – The flax fibre cord is like the cord that connects people” 

The original weaving school – Te Whare Raranga – was established in 1969, shortly after the carving school. It was run by New Zealand Māori Arts and Crafts Institute’s first employed weaving tutor, internationally renowned weaver, Emily Schuster (QSM, OBE).