Ngāti Rangiwewehi, Te Whānau-ā-Apanui
Whare’s cultural background and his experience in the performing arts had him eager to learn more about the visual arts. Through an introduction via a gateway program Whare learnt a little about jade and carving.
This introduction led to being Whare successfully selected as a tauira (student) on Te Takapū Rotowhio, New Zealand Māori arts and Craft Institute Rotorua. As a student Whare had the opportunity to study under firstly Lewis Gardiner then Stacy Gordine - two of New Zealand’s leading Jade and Bone carvers in New Zealand.
Since Whare’s graduation he has become part of the Rakai Jade studio putting what he has learnt into practice.
For as long as can remember, I have had a passion for Māori Art, growing up I was surrounded by taa moko artists, carvers and painters – a pathway I now want to pursue – Whare Bidios