Maori Carvng dates back to the original settlers of New Zealand or Aotearoa in Maori, which means land of the long white cloud. These settlers arrived around the 12th century and the legend goes to say that they came from Hawaiki, the sacred homeland in the pacific.

The art of carving, for the Maori is something very special and unique. Full of symbolism and meaning, from the simplist of Hei Matau to the inside of a meeting house to carving Ta Moko tattoo on the face. In almost all art forms we can see the unmistakeable shapes and distinct flowing lines of Maori Art.

Nowadays with modern tools, carving has been taken to new heights, with some of New Zealand's top artists creating the most unbelievable pieces ever seen. We can never however, compare the skilled beauty and sacredness of the antique artwork from the tupuna (ancestors), from them we have the base, and the knowledge to share what we can see in New Zealand native art today. A True Taonga or treasure of old was and is very precious and sacred, especially to the family to whom it belongs.

In New Zealand all or most Maori will wear a carving just like their ancestors before them, identifying them as Maori. Many non Maori also wear their carvings, which gives them a link to their homeland and identifies them as Kiwis as well. Indeed many non Maori are also carvers, carving traditional symbols as well as mixing with their own artistic backgrounds and cultures.