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Kaitiakitanga
Carving a pathway of humanity
An exhibition of contemporary whakairo (carving) by

Joe Kemp (Ngai Tahu, Ngapuhi and Te Arawa (Ngati Makino)

April 6th - 23th
Opening and mihi (artist's talk) Saturday April 6
th 4pm

‘A kaitiaki is a guardian, and the process and practices of protecting and looking after the environment are referred to as kaitiakitanga.
The basic meaning of ‘tiaki’ is to guard, but depending on the context in which it is used, it also means to preserve, keep, conserve, nurture, protect and watch over. The prefix ‘kai’ with the verb ‘tiaki’ denotes the agent of the action of ‘tiaki’.
Therefore, a kaitiaki is a guardian, keeper, preserver, conservator or protector.
The addition of ‘tanga’ denotes preservation, conservation and protection.’

'These works give back life to all these individual trees that once stood as ancient forests and gave life once upon a time.
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Joe Kemp

Below are pictured a small collection of the works. More will be uploaded closer to the opening.

Joe Kemp nz maori carving and sculpture, tane  
Joe Kemp sculptor
Nga moko o Tane Size: 170cm tall x 56cm wide
River Totara (Manawatu) Enquire Now
 
Aroha Size: 215cm tall x 35cm wide
Swamp Totara (Morrinsville) Enquire Now
joe kemp nz maori carver, wood, masks
Joe Kemp nz totara sculpture
Joe Kemp nz maori sculptor

Manaia Size: 220cm tall x 80cm wide
Swamp Kauri (Northland) Enquire Now

Te Mauri Size: 150cm tall
Swamp Totara Enquire Now
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Te Kaha Size: 210cm tall x 55cm wide
Swamp Totara Enquire Now
Joe Kemp nz wood sculptor
Joe Kemp nz maori sculptor, hine and tama
joe kemp maori wood sculptor, carving
Korua Size: 83cm tall
Swamp Totara Enquire Now
Hine and Tama Size: 102cm tall and 95cm tall
Totara Fence Posts Enquire Now
He Aha Size: 96cm tall
Swamp Totara Enquire Now
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Joe Kemp nz maori sculptor, wood carving
Joe Kemp nz wood sculptor
Joe Kemp nz maori wood sculptor
Kauri Size: 180cm tall x 60cm wide
Kauri (Northland) Enquire Now
Te Mana Size: 94cm tall x 42cm wide
Macrocarpa Enquire Now
Whiua Size: 88cm tall
Swamp Totara Enquire Now
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Joe Kemp nz maori sculptor
Joe Kemp nz maori sculptor
 
The Four Kete of Knowledge
Size: 220cm tall x 52cm wide
Swamp Totara Enquire Now
Hei Matau
Size: 178cm tall
Swamp Totara Enquire Now
 

Joe Kemp NZ Maori carver and sculptor, swamp wood, figures

Hine-titama Size: 154cm tall x 80cm wide
Swamp Totara (Morrinsville) Enquire Now


Click here to see Joe's other work

New Zealand Contemporary Maori sculptor and carver

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