Te Arawa, Te Whakatohea, Ararau
As a young man Cori had an ability to sit, listen and watch and in this way he learned and absorbed many things Maori. From an early age Cori would sit with his Nan and learn about the practical and functional process of weaving, never realising that weaving was an art form in its own right. He knew of his whakapapa (ancestry) link to a carving family (Ngati Pukaki) so this inspired him to look at the art of whakairo (carving) to expand and satisfy his search for knowledge.
Cori studied whakairo at New Zealand’s Maori Arts and Crafts Institute in Rotorua. A big part of what makes his work stand out across his disciplines is the drive to strive for the excellence that was achieved by his ancestors.
“I take inspiration from our Tupuna and everything I do is an acknowledgement to them”.