Hone Taiapa

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Hone Te Kauru Taiapa MBE (10 August 1911 – 10 May 1979), also known as John Taiapa,[1] was a Māori wood carver and carpenter of Ngati Porou. He was the younger brother of master Māori carver Pine Taiapa.[2] The two brothers worked closely with politician Sir Apirana Turupa Ngata on reintroducing Māori sculpture to the country after World War II.[2] Both men, for example, demonstrated Māori carving skills by carving traditional homes on the North Island in marae as part of a programme by the New Zealand Department of Education to educate teachers to reintroduce Māori arts to school children.[2] New Zealand poet Hone Tuwhare included a poem about the wood carver, "On a theme by Hone Taiapa," in his 1973 collection Something Nothing.[3]

He led the team of carvers that carved most of the pieces for Arohanui ki te Tangata in Lower Hutt, which was opened in September 1960.[4]

In the 1960 Queen's Birthday Honours, Taiapa was appointed a Member of the Order of the British Empire for cultural services to the Māori people, especially in the field of wood carving.[5]

He was the head of the New Zealand Māori Arts and Crafts Institute Carving School at Whakarewarewa, Rotorua when it opened in 1967.

References[edit]

  1. ^ Ballara, Angela. "Taiapa, Hone Te Kauru". Dictionary of New Zealand Biography. Ministry for Culture and Heritage. Retrieved 6 January 2015. 
  2. ^ a b c Dunn, Michael (2002). New Zealand Sculpture: A History. Auckland University Press. p. 130. ISBN 978-1-86940-277-8. 
  3. ^ Tuwhare, Hone (1994). Deep River Talk: Collected Poems by Hone Tuwhare. Translated by Frank Stewart. University of Hawaii Press. ISBN 978-0-8248-1607-0. 
  4. ^ Puketapu, Te Rira. "Puketapu, Ihaia Porutu". Dictionary of New Zealand Biography. Ministry for Culture and Heritage. Retrieved 6 January 2015. 
  5. ^ The London Gazette: (Supplement) no. 42053. p. 4017. 11 June 1960. Retrieved 6 January 2015.