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Iconic Māori Rock Carving To Get Significant Facelift

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New Zealand master carver, Matahi Brightwell, will commence work on a major refurbishment of his iconic Lake Taupo rock carving on February 6.
It's almost four decades since Brightwell finished work on the carving, a 14m bas-relief representing the face of his ancestor, Ngatoroirangi. The larger work includes smaller sculptures at water level depicting key tupuna and kaitiaki to the local Māori tribe.
Some 43 years ago Brightwell was sent to Taupo by his grandmother, Te Huatahi Susie Gilbert, to carve a po whenua to consolidate the family claim to disputed ancestral land. While paddling...
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