In the Maori world, the carver is second only to the chief. That is because the carver is entrusted with holding and communicating knowledge, stories, history. Maori had no written language as Europeans understand the concept, keeping knowledge in carvings instead. Hence the beauty and depth of Maori tattoos. These are not pictures, they are words.
Delani has been described (never by himself) as the Tuwharetoa Master Carver. One of the key keepers of lore for his tribe. He is very young to have achieved this distinction. Very young, very modest, and a high achiever. Having pulled himself up by his bootstraps, he has competed in international bodybuilding competitions, has taken his carving to the highest level, has with great finesse blended tradition with new currents, has brought on youth, and is often entrusted with the wero - the challenge one sees in a traditional powhiri (welcome).
We offer a day with Delani. This could be spent carving. Or teaching others to carve. Or visiting some of his significant pieces and explaining them. Or working with communities and local youth groups to strengthen his people. You're in good hands here.
Well, Hone did it, just this February. This was a full immersion programme we planned and marketed with Hone (Taiamai Tours Heritage Journeys) and Carrie McDougall (Cultural... read more