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Kaira Paige Habib


Tainui, Ngāti Maniapoto


Fairfield College




Toki Taonga


Haehae Chisel, Rasp, MDF Wood, Sandpaper, Flat Chisel, Harakeke, Pencil, Eraser, Paint brush and paint.


Kia Ora,
Ko Kaira tōku ingoa,
Ko Taupiri te maunga
Ko Waikato te awa
Ko Tainui te iwi
Ko Ngāti Maniapoto te hapū
Ko Rakaunui te marae
Nō reira, tēnā koutou katoa
I am a year 12 student at Fairfield College who has attended the subject, Toi Whakairo for 2 years. I have always loved art and the lesson taught within. In my school, I am top of my year for Fine Arts where we choose to either paint, design, print make or photograph. I received a high excellence for my level 1 folio. Personally, I am persistent about my work. I take lead and go with what I think is best. My whānau accept me carving in school and have high hopes that I could make a career out of it.
The carving you will see is one of my best pieces, Toki Taonga. This carving was designed and created especially for my father. It started from a block of MDF wood and became something special. This carving did seem a bit advanced for me in the beginning, however, I continued to work towards it and through this risilience I was able to create a taonga through whakairo. From one whakarei to another I carried on… As you will see this Toki Taonga has 5 Pūngāwerewere carved; Each Pūngāwerewere represents a close whānau member of my father, these represent Myself, my 2 siblings, Mum and our beloved cat Felix. The flow design in this Toki represents the strong link that my whānau has. Pūngāwerewere is the meaning of ‘whānau’, intertwined in a strong web, and those who we will always cherish and love. The shades of green resemble the nature of pounamu, our national stone. I have also used part of a harakeke to bind the rope. The binding of the harakeke represents the strong bonds within my whānau whare.The best part about this carving is that it is unique. Each cut in the wood and each decoration goes towards my father and the love he will always have from his whānau. Ngā Mihi.
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