Fayne Robinson


The Right Stone

Mauri Tau Mauri Ora is the 270 kilogram pounamu kōhatu that sits on a Carrara marble plinth at the entrance to Oi Manawa, the Canterbury Earthquake National Memorial. Gifted by Te Rūnanga o Makaawhio, it marks a place for those affected by the Christchurch earthquakes to reflect and remember the people and places they have lost. It signposts a memorial to whenua, whānau, and memories.
For carver Fayne Robinson (Ngāi Tahu – Ngāti Māhaki, Ngāti Waewae; Ngāti Apa ki te Ra To – Puahaterangi), it is also a metaphor of sorts for the before and after of Christchurch city. Its rough crust, he says, resembles rubble; and the “little windows of potential”, showing in places, reflect where we are heading with the city rebuild.

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Toi Iho
Ngā Ringa Toi o Tahu

Ngā Ringa Toi o Tahu not only celebrates the work of Ngāi Tahu artists and looks at what a Ngāi Tahu art aesthetic is – it also gives recognition to people for the work they’re doing on the ground to encapsulate the sense of what it is to be Ngāi Tahu in a solid form for future generations to look back on.

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Toi Iho
Bringing soul to the rebuild

In the wake of the 2011 earthquake, mana whenua Ngāi Tūāhuriri realised that one way to bring meaning to the destruction in central Christchurch was to get involved in the recovery process, and ensure that Ngāi Tūāhuriri/Ngāi Tahu identity is visible in the city.

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Master Carvers
redefine the faces of Ngāi Tahu

With the revival of Ngāi Tahu language and culture and the reconstruction of whare tipuna throughout the motu in recent years, these craftsmen have been given artistic license to express themselves through a combination of historical research and contemporary design.
As West Coast master carver Fayne Robinson explains it, “Today’s contemporary is tomorrow’s tradition.”

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Ngāti Waewae opens new whare tipuna

A huge crowd of Ngāi Tahu iwi and guests gathered for the opening of the new Ngāti Waewae whare tipuna, Tūhuru on Friday 21 November, despite torrential rain and cold conditions. The $5.5 million, state-of-the-art complex has been under construction for five years and is the first dedicated marae at Arahura in 145 years. The…

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16th
January
2013

Ngāi Tahu unveil a pouwhenua, carved sign and tukutuku panels in Antarctica

A pouwhenua, carved Scott Base sign and tukutuku panels created by Ngāi Tahu artists will be unveiled at Scott Base on Sunday 20 January. Prime Minister John Key, Ngāi Tahu Kaiwhakahaere Tā Mark Solomon, and master weaver Ranui Ngarimu will take part in the special ceremony. Geographically, Ngāi Tahu is the closest iwi to Antarctica….


11th
August
2010

Blessing of Te Hononga, the new Christchurch Civic Building

11 August The new Christchurch Civil Building was blessed and named Te Hononga today, with the ceremony led by Reverend Maurice Manawaroa Gray. Ngāi Tahu kaumātua Ruahine Crofts chose the name shortly before her passing. The building was named Te Hononga to reflect the unique partnership between Ngāi Tahu and the Christchurch City Council. Over…