Rongomau – The Art of Gareth Barlow

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Awa Rua 

A customer recently requested a piece the same as Awarua, a piece carved from the legend of the taniwha resident in Porirua harbour. He said it reminded him of rivers and creeks that he used to swim in as a boy in Patea in the ‘Naki. I’m sure those waterways have their own taniwha, but maybe in one of Awarua’s flying adventures, he may have some to rest in Patea as well. I call it Awa Rua (see what I did there). Mauriora.