Kia ora, Elvis Henare tōku ingoa.
I am a contemporary Māori artist. I have a love for carving and
creating beautiful work. Still learning, I see a long journey ahead for me on this waka to build my craft and incorporate aroha into my mahi. This aroha flows through me and into my art/carving through the love and respect I have for whānau and Papatūānuku.
My whakapapa and the journey of who I am, and who I have
become shapes my art. For me, Whare Tapa Wha played a huge role in this
transformation. I have swapped my old life and old problems for a new life.
Instead of drugs and alcohol, the biggest problem I have is how to get the rākau from the ngahere to my carving workshop.
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