Riki Manuel

b. 1960

Riki Manuel is a descendent of Ngāti Porou and traces his whakapapa to Te Whānau-a-Iwirākau.

A master of whakairo and tā moko, Manuel studied at New Zealand Māori Arts and Crafts Institute in Rotorua from 1977 with Hōne Taiapa.

He moved to Ōtautahi holding a studio in Arts Centre Te Matatiki Toi Ora from 1985 until the major earthquakes closed the buildings in 2011.

Manuel continues to live and work in Ōtautahi.

See also:

Riki Manuel (Ngāti Porou), ‘He poupou tohu ahi-ka o Ngāi Tahu: A mark of the long burning fires of Ngāi Tahu’ (1994), Victoria Square, CBD, Ōtautahi Christchurch

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