The dynamic duo Tiki and Edu official website
The Māori arts website was launched in the year 2000 firstly as a directory site by Tiki O'Brien to help promote his creative talent after honing his skills while still a student of art at Fairfield College. From 1985 to 1995 Tiki worked fulltime to help complette a fully carved whare nui alongside Tainui master carver Kereti Rautangata as part of a community project in Fairfield. Tiki's contribution included the designing and painting of the entire ceiling kowhaiwhai panels, carving designs and stain glass windows. "I was fortunate to have been given the opportunity and freedome to design and creat works of art while still a teenager. Te Iho Rangi is where it all started for me"says Tiki.
The purpose of the Māori arts site is to provide a simple and easy method for people to navigate into the rich source of traditional and contemporary Māori media, from tattoo, carving, painting, weaving, sculpture and more. As seen through the eyes of an artist. "Taking Māori arts to the world has always been the main message of this website,not only traditional and contemporary Māori art but the entire spectrum of Māori art including design and the impact it has had on the digital media particularly online. The internet is overwhealmed with information. It is the hope through a guided personal Tiki tour into this doorway you will form an appreciation and be inspired to look further into the rich history that is Māori-arts. Image above - Ex Fairfield college students now in their 50's with whanau stand outside Te Ihorangi with Tiki centre taking picture with drone. 2019