Tommy Herbert

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Ngāti Whare, Ngāti Rongomai, Ngāti Hikairo

Tommy joined the 36th intake to NZMACI inspired as there was a lack of whakairo (wood carving) artists in his whānau (family) - he is now a Pouako Whakairo Rākau (Wood Carving tutor).

“Here at NZMACI, the carving tutors are recognised as the best in the world,” he says.

Being able to continue the traditional arts of his tupuna (ancestors) and pass on his whakairo (carving) knowledge to future generations is of great importance to Tommy.

Tommy's Portfolio