Book highlights the rapid evolution of

Talisa Kupenga

I whakarewahia tētahi pukapuka hāngai tonu ki te mahi whakairo o Ngati Porou i Tamaki Makaurai i tēnei rā. Ka whakamātau nga whakaneketanga o te mahi toi o roto i te kotahi rau tau tae noa ki te tau 1930, a, te mana o te Kura whakairo o Iwirakau ki te rohe o Te Tairawhiti hoki.

He hitori i whaohia ki te rakau, kua whakairohia ki te kupu. Na te uri tokorua o Ngāti Porou.

E ai ki te kaitito nō Ngāti Porou a Ngarino Ellis, "It shows that our communities were constantly changing our arts were constantly changing in responses to what was happening in the community. They weren't stagnant and that’s the beauty about art it can really chart what's happening in the community really clearly."

Ka tirohia te pukapuka nei i te tipunga o te mahi whakairo o roto o Ngati Porou, o roto o te Kura Whakairo o Iwirākau.

"So I looked at what I call the super six; Hone Ngatoto, Hone Taahu, Hoani Ngatai, Riwai Pakirau, Te Kihirini and Tamati Ngakaho and some of them went on to teach others and we're sitting in a whare which is part of that lineage,” hei tā Ellis.

He nui te hono o Waipapa Marae i Tāmaki Makaurau ki a Ngāti Porou. I whakairohia e Paki Harrison, he tauira nā Pine Taiapa, te tohunga i whakaakona e Hone Ngatoto nō Te Kura o Iwirākau.

Hei tā te kaiwhakaahua o te pukapuka a Natalie Robertson, “I hope people take away an understanding of the richness of our history. The richness of the history of our whakairo and seeing our whakairo as a living practice, one that is to be continued and particularly the Iwirākau School of carving."

Ka whakarewahia te pukapuka ki Tāmaki Makaurau i tēnei pō ki te marae o Waipapa, ka tuwhera hoki ki te marae o O Hine Waiapu i te marama o Haratua.