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Give a little to help a NZ Treasure!

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Artist Matahi Brightwell is creator of the iconic Māori Rock Carvings who needs help to preserve this national Taonga. Rere tahi tatou.

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Master carver Matahi Whakataka Brightwell is the artistic creator of the iconic Māori Rock Carvings sculpture of the great navigator and high priest Ngātoroirangi, which is a major tourist attraction on Lake Taupō. As most acclaimed artists know, acquiring enough funding to create can be a struggle, so we are asking New Zealand to ‘Give a Little’ to help with the renovation of the Māori Rock Carvings

The importance of the sculpture to Mr Brightwell, his iwi and to the Taupō district has spanned generations, with tourists from all over the world travelling out on the Lake to take a picture of his masterpiece.

The sculpture of Ngātoroirangi, and the smaller sculptures of tūpuna (ancestors) and kaitiaki (guardians) nearby were created in the 1970s by Mr Brightwell and a team of four others: Jono Randell, Te Miringa Hohaia, Dave Hegglun and Steve Myhre. It was at the request of Mr Brightwell's grandmother, Te Huatahi Susie Gilbert, who asked her grandson to create a likeness of Ngātoroirangi to create a permanent connection for her family to the land. With no suitable totara tree available, Mr Brightwell journeyed on to Lake Taupō for inspiration.

Nowadays the sculpture is one of New Zealand's most extraordinary artworks and a major drawcard for visitors to the area. It is also a major representation for the Māori people of New Zealand in the tourism sector.

The renovations will take place over the next few months, please ‘Give a Little’ New Zealand to help this amazing artist Matahi Whakataka Brightwell to keep this beautiful Taonga preserved.

Katie Jolly's involvement (page creator)

Chris Jolly Outdoors is based in Taupo, and we do scenic cruises 3 times a day out to the famous Taupo Māori Rock Carvings. We respect the beautiful Taonga of Artist Matahi Brightwell and want his art to remain standing tall and strong for many years so people from all around the world are able to continue to visit.

Use of funds

The funds will be spent to help with the artistic preservation of the Māori Rock carvings.

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  • Emma Paki

    Emma Paki on 26 Jun 2019




  • Guest Donor

    Guest Donor on 19 Mar 2019


    Thank you for your gift, a great legacy for future generations.


  • Peter And jen Battersby

    Peter And jen Battersby on 10 Mar 2019



  • Glenda & Nathan Hitaua-Wood

    Glenda & Nathan Hitaua-Wood on 07 Mar 2019


    Kia Ora Whanau.. what an amazing piece of art which definately needs restoring!


  • Joelene Holt

    Joelene Holt on 07 Mar 2019



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This page was created on 26 Feb 2019 and closed on 27 Aug 2019.
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