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Te Karanga ki ngā Taniwha Event

Whakairo Soap Carving

Ngaroma Riley

Friday 18 August

12 - 2pm

Capacity 10

Friday 18 August

5:30 - 7pm

Capacity 10

Come and learn 3D reduction carving techniques using soap with artist Ngaroma Riley (Te Rarawa, Te Aupouri). 


Ngaroma will discuss tikanga around carving, and explain the ancestral form and function of the kōruru mask. Participants will learn to develop skills and techniques for working in three-dimensions using simple and safe tools. These skills are widely applicable across various media and provide a strong foundation for large-scale work.

Ngaroma Riley (Te Rarawa, Te Aupouri)


Grateful that her grandmother taught her to weave taniko and sew at a young age, Ngaroma has been a compulsive maker and general haututu ever since.


One obsession that has never left her, is her love of whakairo. Unable to find anywhere to study it in Aotearoa, she began her carving journey in Japan making buddhist statues.


Since returning to NZ in 2020 she has completed a certificate of whakairo at Te Wānanga o Aotearoa, and is excited to be part of the

Toi Māori Aotearoa Whakakai Mentoring Programme, a cohort of wahine Māori artists working in three-dimensions. She has recently completed a whatarangi/storehouse as part of a larger team who created a tomokanga installed at Kaitaia, near her papa kainga.

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