Te Rarawa, Ngati Kahu
Pita Broad has a BA Maori Fine Arts, Waikairo. He is a carpenter by trade and worked in the industry for twenty years until a back injury made him look at other possibilities. It was time to explore his Maoritanga.
In 200l, Pita completed a three year Aatarangi Maori Language course at Hamilton’s Waikato Polytechnic (WINTEC). Following this, he completed the four year Whakairo (carving) programme at Te Wananga o Aotearoa, graduating in 2007 with Honours in Maori Fine Arts – majoring in Whakairo. Pita is now a full time carver who works from home.
Under the guidance of Master Carver, the late Dr. Pakariki Harrison, a group of graduate carvers of Te Wananga o Aotearoa formed a body called Te Whare Puwerewere in 2002. Pita is a member of this group that comes together every Easter to carve community projects at various marae around the country.
Kaiwhao is another group of carvers that Pita is part of, whose work ranges from large installations and commissioned works (marae, gateways, waka, and large contemporary sculptures) to smaller works (cooperate gifts, wakahuia, taiaha, patu, and bone carvings) that also promote the art of carving.