Tai Tokerau Whakairo Rakau : Northland Maori Wood Carving (out of print)
Winner of the 2004 NZ Society of Authors Best First Book award for Non-fiction This book is an introduction to the art of whakairo rakau (Maori wood carving) from Northland (Te Tai Tokerau). It discusses the characteristics and definitions of the regional style, its history and the role of museums, as well as northern carvers and their tools, materials and work. The core of the book is a comprehensive illustrated catalogue of Tai Tokerau wood carvings in national and international museums, which cannot normally be viewed by the public. The book is a valuable guide for anyone wishing to discover or develop their interest in some of the earliest and most beautiful works of Maori craftsmanship. Illustrated with stunning photography, it is a fine resource for the non-specialist reader as well as art professionals and scholars, and wood carvers themselves. First published 2003.