Artist: Arumaki Pasene-Grennell
Iwi: Ngāti Maniapoto, Aitutaki, Tāhiti, Niue
Description: Handcarved clay nose flute
Materials: Red brick clay with black oxide finish, inlaid pāua
Arumaki Pasene Grennell
Ngāti Maniapoto, Niue, Aitutaki, Tāhiti Arumaki creates taonga pūoro (traditional musical instruments) and decorative Māori & Pacific art from clay both traditional and contemporary using natural, traditional and modern materials. He is mostly self-taught in regard to making and playing taonga pūoro, drawing inspiration from past and present practitioners. Recently he had the privilege to be mentored by Jerome Kavanagh who teaches whakapapa (genealogy), pūrākau (traditional stories) and sound healing qualities. His goal is to share taonga pūoro with as many people possible, so that one day they will be enjoyed far and wide. Arumaki has a Diploma in Māori Design & Art Dip DA from Te Wānanga o Raukawa, Degree in Digital & Graphic Design at Whitireia Polytechnic, Student of the Ōtaki Pottery Club, He is currently studying a Degree in Whakairo – traditional Māori Carving at Te Wānanga o Raukawa.