MAORI: wood carved sculpture ( New Zealand) Maori wood carving (whakairo rakau) is probably the most renowned and well known type of Maori art. Meeting houses, war canoes (waka) but also smaller items such as weapons, sacred boxes and small statues were ornamented with wood carvings. This carving clearly displays the tribal traditions of body decoration- tatooes.
A white kiwi is seen at Pukaha sanctuary in New Zealand. The male chick, named Manukura - meaning 'of chiefly status' in Maori - hatched on May 1 at the sanctuary north of Wellington, becoming the first white kiwi ever born in captivity. photo Mike Heydon