Amorangi Hikuroa of Nga Puhi, Ngati Maniapoto, Tainui, Ngati Toro, and Te Popoto
descent, has for the past twenty years immersed himself in the profound quest to
honour the whakapapa of Māori Uku practice. These traditions are intertwined with
the cultural tapestry of Te Moana Nui A Kiwa and extend their influence far beyond,
embodying the depth and diversity of his practice.
At the core of Amorangi's artistic journey lies a profound commitment to the
gathering, shaping, softening, utilisation (whakamahi), contemplation, and
restoration of clay. His creative practice exists within a delicate and interconnected ecosystem of Māori artistic practices and traditions. It is here that clay transcends its physical form to symbolise the spiritual connection to ancestral wisdom and the enduring relationship between art and culture.