Ngāti Ranginui, Ngāi Te Rangi, Tainui & Ngāti Raukawa
Clive has lived and breathed every moment of NZMACI’s 52 years of existence and as Tohunga Whakairo (Master Carver) at Te Wānanga Whakairo Rākau o Aotearoa (National Wood Carving School) continues to share his knowledge and skills with students. He places great importance in being able to keep traditional Māori arts, carving and tikanga (customs) alive. His dream is that the next generation of Māori will ‘pick up the chisel and mallet’ and carry the art into the future so that it will never be lost. While Clive loved large, heavy carving work using adzes in his younger days working on 15 Meeting Houses and supervising six - he now specialises in fine detailed work, renowned for his skill with paddles and waka huia. He has travelled worldwide demonstrating the art.
From day one, Clive has kept autograph books to capture special moments where celebrities and dignitaries have come through the NZMACI Te Wānanga Whakairo Rākau o Aotearoa (Wood Carving School). He has autographs from the Queen, Prince Phillip, Alfred Hitchcock, Larry Hagman, former US president Jimmy Carter, the 1971 Lions Rugby Team, the 1981 Springbok Rugby team, the Emperor of Japan, Philanthropist Julian Robertson and Sir John Key - to name just a few. Clive has also kept comprehensive notes and drawings of work done at NZMACI from 1967 till now.