Carve Your Story

Discover the beauty and history of carving through our intimate pounamu carving experiences. All of our experiences start with a mihi and karakia. Our local carver, Timoti Moran, will take you to the streams of Te Tau Ihu where our pounamu is collected. He will introduce you to the awa and share the history and stories associated with this area, as well as stories of his own.

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The Art of Carving and an Interactive Carving Demonstration

Duration: 4 hours
Watch Timoti demonstrate the art and skill behind carving pounamu taonga. Choose a taonga, then finish sanding and polishing it by hand, before stringing it to take home. 
Inclusions:

  • Mihi, Karakia and Introduction.
  • Meet Timoti Moran and hear his story.
  • Learn the history and story of Te Tau Ihu and Pounamu.
  • Carving demonstrations. 
  • Limited to groups of 6-15 people

Cost $350 per person.

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Whakairo Pounamu

Select, Design and Carve your own Pounamu Taonga

Duration: 6 Hours
Choose from a range of designs and learn how to carve your own pounamu taonga.
Inclusions:

  • Mihi, Karakia and Introduction.
  • Meet Timoti Moran and hear his story.
  • Learn the history and story of Te Tau Ihu and Pounamu.
  • Select a design and carve your taonga.
  • Enjoy a delicious kai.
  • Limited to groups of 4-6 people.

Cost $400 per person.

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Pounamu Wānanga

Heal and Connect, Community Group Workshop

Duration: Full Day (4 days over a month)
A specific programme designed to help people work through their mamae, reconnect with their whakapapa and find their mana.
Inclusions:

  • Mihi, Karakia and Introduction.
  • Meet Timoti Moran and hear his story.
  • Learn the history and story of Te Tau Ihu and Pounamu.
  • Carving demonstrations.
  • Select a design and carve your taonga.
  • Enjoy a delicious kai.
  • Minimum groups of 4 people, maximum group of 8.

Cost $250 per person.

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What manuhiri (visitors) are saying

We came across Timoti and his whanau by chance. We run a leadership programme supporting Māori within our organisation (CLM) through the kaupapa Aroora. Whilst looking for locations and people we could visit in the Whakatū region we stumbled across Timoti through a google search, a quick phone call, and a drive down a windy wooded lane.

On first meeting we knew we had found a taonga (mind the pun) and had to bring our rōpū. Not only is all of Timoti’s work exceptional, and the manaakitanga that he and his family showed us exemplary, but the wairua that we felt, and feel every time we are there, which in turn he fuses into any piece you get from this talented artist, brings us back again and again.

Solidified Wairua indeed.

Scott Linklater, Te Haumi Māori o CLM.