ko-iwi arts maori carver, ta moko, Artist, sculptor & designer

New Zealand Maori wood carving

Hokia ki ngā maunga kia purea koe e ngā hau a Tāwhirimātea

'Return to the mountains to be cleansed by the winds of Tāwhirimātea'



Ngāti Tūwharetoa, Ngāti Tarawhai, Ngāti Rangiteaorere, Ngāti Wahiao, Te Whakatane, Ngāti Kahungunu ki Wairoa

I was born and raised in Rotorua, New Zealand. Brought up around my Whare tipuna (ancestral meeting house), I was naturally attracted to the Maori art of carving. I began carving at high school. At the age of 15 I was too young to apply for a carving scholarship at New Zealand Maori Arts & Crafts Institute (Te Puia), so I travelled to Australia where I lived for the next 10 years.

After reading Gordon Toi Hatfield’s book, "Dedicated by Blood", and a phone call from my father, I was encouraged to return home to continue carving.

I graduated from the New Zealand Maori Arts and Crafts Institute in 2008. The course included 3 years of training under master carvers, Clive Fugill and Albert Te Pou. In 2009 I was accepted to an honors year. This included structural design for the Te Kakano Waka at Shanghai World Expo 2011 and carvings for Hamilton Gardens.

Today I am a fulltime Maori artist working from home in Rotorua. I work on various projects for private commissions and galleries. I not only carve but practice Ta Moko (Maori Tattoo). All my work is designed specifically for you and your budget.

Iwi Le Comte nz maori carver

iwi le comte (b.1978)
Maori Carver- ta moko - Sculptor - designer

I am grateful for my friends and mentors who always give me good advice; and for the happiness my family, Stefanie and our son Te Amo give me, without which my work would be incomplete.

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   Iwi Le Comte, Ko-Iwi Arts Limited, Rotorua, New Zealand 
   T: +647 348 5820  |  M: +6421 143 1475  |  SKYPE: iwi.lecomte Add me to Skype
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