John T Rua Master Carver

Tohunga Whakairo

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John Rua - Ngai Tuhoe

When John Rua was born it was foretold that one day he would be a Tohunga Whakairo. He is held in the highest esteem by his people and throughout Aotearoa. A living Tohunga, his art surpasses that of many of his peers due to his passion, integrity and downright hard work.

Being deaf never held John back from achieving excellence in his chosen field of work. This website has been created to honour his lifelong accomplishments and celebrate with us by sharing his knowledge and expertise with you. Mauri Ora!

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Find Out More About John

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Read more about the awards John has been honoured with….
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See some of John’s artwork and have the opportunity to buy prints…
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View some images of John’s carving work from over the years…

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