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"POU" TE HAU (BREATHLESS) Designs Ltd

CARVER: Ngahiwi Walker

NATIONALITY: NZ Maori

TRIBE: Ngati Porou, East Coast (Tai Tawhiti)

FROM: Te Araroa

Medium: Douglas Fir (Tanalised Post) or Macrocarpa.
Carved with metal tools. Burnt with blow torch until charcoaled.
Brushed off with medium bristled brush.

Influences: Stories handed down by elders and birth and death.

Begining: I started carving in 2003 because someone I know had had a traumatic experience.
I wanted to do something for them so I carved a 'Pou'. The family was taken away (breathless) by it and very grateful. My first carvings were gifts for family members whose lives had been affected in some way by death or birth.
Since then I have been carving stories that I remember from way back. I particularly like to carve natural looking wood shapes i.e logs, posts etc.


Ngahiwi walker NZ Maori carved totems, wooden pou
New 2018 Aroha O Papatuanuku (left) and Nga Wai O Tawhirimatea (right)
Size: Each approximately 287cm tall Macrocarpa ENQUIRE NOW
 
Aroha O Papatuanuku

For that awesome mother that seems to be able to handle all
that life throws at her with a smile. She wears her 'moko kauae' (chin tattoo) as a sign of her dedication to her 'whanau' (family), nga hoa (friends) and 'whanau whanui' (wider community).
She wears her 'korowai' (chiefly cloak) having earnt it through 'pukumahi' (hard work and diligence) and she wears it with pride. The koru designs represent her 'aroha' (love/compassion) that she has for everyone and she just seems to fit everything and everyone in to her life.
The designs on the back of her head and body are there to remind her that, although she seems like Superwoman, she still needs the support of her family and friends. They are her 'ta moko' (Tattoos) that tell of her bonds and journey.
The green paint signifies Papatuanuku's 'ngakau atawhai' (kindness) and 'humarie' (humility) and the dark colour of the wood is a reminder to tread lightly on her to reduce our eco footprint.

This pou has actually been blessed in the 'Nga Wai O Tawhirimatea' (the waters/rain of Tawhiri) who is the atua of winds and rains.


Nga Wai O Tawhirimatea

This is for the man that has to overcome many obstacles in his life to be where he is now.
His 'moko rangatira' (facial tattoo) is a reminder of the
responsibilities that he has to his family, friends and the wider community. To portray 'maia' (courage) and 'kaha' (strength) when faced with adversity and to deal with those challenges responsibly and with a kind heart.
His 'korowai' (chiefly cloak) bears the scars and challenges he has faced and is a 'tohu' (sign) of where he has come from and where he is going now looking forward.
The main koru designs represent his 'whanau' (family) and 'nga hoa' (friends) standing back to back supporting his journey. The smaller one at the bottom representing those he has yet to meet. The 'wahi' (void) in the middle represents the things that he has yet to achieve.
The koru design on the back of his mahunga (head) are a reminder to always think positively and to ask if you need help. The lower koru on the back of the pou represent those who have gone before and to know that it is their shoulders that we stand on.
The blue paint is in recognition of the waters and represents the waters of Tawhiri washing over the body and the dark colour of the wood is a reminder to tread lightly on his mother Papatuanuku (Earthmother) to reduce our eco footprint.

This pou has actually been blessed in the 'Nga Wai O Tawhirimatea' (the waters/rain of Tawhiri) who is the atua of winds and rains.


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