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600 Years Old …

Sunnah Thompson, Vern Rosieur, Ian Strongman

Sunnah Thompson, Vern Rosieur, Ian Strongman

… is the timber (kauri, sourced from West Auckland) which is transformed by master carvers into a door lintel which will take its place in the new Auckland Council Civic Building in Albert Street (see my post April 3, 2015). The 19 iwi (tribes) of the Auckland region are represented in the project by six carvers. Three of them were present when I visited Silo 6 at the Wynyard Quarter last weekend: Sunnah Thompson (Te Waiohua), Vern Rosieur and Ian Strongman (Ngati Wai, Ngati Manuhiri).

More of Sunnah Thompson’s work on this blog.

From the Waterfront website:

Running throughout the month of July to 23 August between 10am and 2pm on weekend days is a very special live exhibition – Nga Whaotapu o Tamaki Makarau (The Sacred Chisels of Tamaki Makaurau).

Featuring six carvers representing the five tribal regions of Tamaki Makarau, this is the first major art collaboration of mana whenua (the original Māori people of Auckland), making for a truly extraordinary series of events.



Concentration and Strength

Concentration and Strength


  1. William Kendall

    This is beautiful work!

  2. Amy

    I think maori carvers are very clever!

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