Blaine Te Rito

Blaine Te Rito is of Ngāti Kahungunu, Ngā Puhi and Ngāti Waiora descent. He started carving in his teens guided by his uncle Tamihana Hapi.

In 2008, with Mike Davies (UK), Te Rito carved a shallow relief billboard waka as part of a Maori Television's celebration of Waitangi Day. At this time he was based in Auckland and specialised "in the carving of native wood, bone, ivory and pounamu." (Cited from NZ Herald, A8 25-01-2008).

Blaine Te Rito, 'Te waharoa ki te Wero' (1999), Viaduct Basin, Tāmaki Makaurau Auckland

Image: Bronwyn Holloway-Smith, Public art Heritage Aotearoa New Zealand, 2021