"Tena Koutou Katoa, nga mihi Aroha
A Maori greeting of Love to you all"
Raised and taught the traditional ways of his Ancestors by his Beloved Grandmother Te Wharehau, Toroa Aperahama is a New Zealand Maori Jade, Bone and Timber Carver now residing in Australia. His Traditional and Contemporary style carvings range from small pendants through to large carved artworks, many of which are now part of private collections Worldwide.
He has worked directly with his Tupuna (Ancestors) all his Life and walks both sides of the Physical and Spiritual Worlds...
(Te Taha Tinana - Te Taha Wairua)
Each Taonga (Treasure) he creates has had Healing energies "breathed" into it and on completion is Blessed in the Moana (Ocean).
Toroa now wishes to share his knowledge with the World through the stories his Taonga tell.
Over the years he has mentored many people in their understanding, and helped them connect, with their Physical and Spiritual sides, within today's lifestyle.
Even though he is a Traditionalist, he has now learnt to adapt some of the old ways into these modern times with his carvings.
Given that he is Traditional, he allows Spirit, the Tupuna and the rocks or bone to guide him in what to create, which is why he always speaks of "the rocks that talk to me".
This makes each piece Unique and Original whether it is a Custom Order or a Store bought Item, no two are the same.
Each piece is Hand Carved with Love and Appreciation for it's Authenticity.
Kia ora Koutou Katoa