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Te Kākano : A New Zealand Gift to China

New Zealand Maori Carving gifted to Shanghai China

Prime Minister's Carving up for Auction for Cure Kids

Rotorua, New Zealand - 22 February 2010

After adding his own carving touch to the magnificent waka maumahara (ceremonial canoe) project at the New Zealand Maori Arts and Crafts Institute - Te Puia, in Rotorua, which is destined for Expo 2010 in Shanghai China, the Prime Minster Hon. John Key then carved a stylised silver fern of his own, which is now up for auction.

Mr Key’s carving has just been put on Trade Me for a 10-day auction, and again proceeds from his artistic flair will go to Cure Kids. (The auction number is 273358962).

The Prime Minister and Chinese Ambassador Zhang Limin were among special guests at Te Puia, on Thursday to farewell the Te Kakano project which is now on its way to Shanghai. The 10 metre high (32.8 ft) kauri carving is being crafted as a national gift to China and will be carved in situ at the front of the New Zealand pavilion at Expo 2010 in Shanghai, where more than 70 million visitors are expected to visit...

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Carving a Bond Between Nations

Te Puia, Rotorua New Zealand, 14 January 2010

Te Puia, New Zealand Māori Arts and Crafts Institute has been charged with what is arguably the most significant traditional carving of its time. The iconic institution which is New Zealand’s oldest and leading cultural tourism attraction incorporates Te Wānanga Whakairo Rākau (National Carving School). It is here that the ‘Te Kākano’ project is being undertaken - a 10 metre high (32.8 ft) Kauri waka maumahara (ceremonial canoe) which is being crafted as a national gift to China...

Te Puia waka maumahara kauri wood chip

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