John Rua with mayor and king of Tonga

John Rua with King of Tonga and Keith Holyoak 1972
New Zealand Institute of Maori Arts and Crafts

Awards and Achievements

  • 1972 Graduated New Zealand Māori Arts and Crafts Institute
  • 1973 Building of Te Tira Hou Marae Auckland
  • 1973 Built Meeting House at Ohope Marae
  • 1973 A letter of recognition from RT Honorable Norman Kirk Prime Minister
  • 1974 Began foundational work for Okains Bay Māori and Colonial Museum
  • 1980 Commenced building meeting houses at Ngā Hau E Wha National Marae, Christchurch
  • 1990 Exhibition in Osaka, Japan
  • 1992 Presented with Queens Service Medal for his service to New Zealand
  • 1992 Kelliher Art Award
  • 1992 Commenced carvings for Te Matauranga Māori Christchurch Polytechnic

Quick Links About John

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View some images of John’s carving work from over the years…

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See some of John’s artwork and have the opportunity to buy prints…

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