Artist Profile

Maha Te Hape Tomo

Maha has been carving bone and pounamu for over 10 years and has found that his art has opened doors to new places… and new people.. while at the same time …connecting him back to old places, and to his old people.Maha is of Waikato Tainui, Rangitane, Ngati Kauwhata and Ngai Tahu descent. Maha has a Bachelors degree in Creative Arts and a post graduate diploma in cross cultural supervision and is the Lead Facilitator at Auckland Bone and Stone Carving

 “Following my passion for craft; I found purpose, direction and have strengthened my identity I feel privileged and grateful to be able to carve Pounamu stone, found in the beautiful South Island waters of Aotearoa”.

Maha specialises in carving contemporary Taonga inspired by Ancient Maori Artefacts ” I enjoy the beauty of the stone and bone and the simplicity of  form that creates an intrinsic balance.

Kia Kaha, Kia Maia, Kia Manawanui Maha