Unique Papa Hou (treasure box) hand-carved from New Zealand totara with inlaid paua
Artist: Teraimana Tahiata
Dimensions: 34cm long x 10cm wide x 9cm high
About the Artist
Teraimana Tahiata was born in Hamilton and is of Ngati Kahungungu decent. Raised in Australia Teraimana returned to New Zealand to study whakairo (carving) for three years at the New Zealand Maori Arts & Crafts Institute (Te Puia). He then spent another few years completing his Diploma in Art & Creativity, including an Honours year majoring in Sculpture, in Wellington. He is currently living in Rotorua, where he and his partner Lisa are raising two beautiful daughters.
Most of Teraimana’s works are a mix of traditional and contemporary styles. His knowledge of tribal styles, bases and eye for detail has afforded him the ability to design whakairo and taamoko for Maori that combine traditional styles of their own whakapapa.