Waka Hoe: Introduction to Wood Carving

Wikuki Kingi and Tania Wolfgramm


This workshop will focus on the design, construction, and carving of traditional wooden paddles or Waka Hoe.  Starting with an introduction to carving, participants will work from initial design through to cutting, grinding and sanding to create their own uniquely adorned paddle with an understanding of its use, form, and function. Wikuki and Tania will share traditional stories and chants, to broaden participants’ knowledge of waka, navigation, and paddles.

Wikuki Kingi
As a Tohunga Whakairo/Master Carver, with over 40 years’ experience, Wikuki has created many heritage taonga, including the intricately carved masterpiece Pou Kapūa, the tallest Māori/Pacific carving in the world. Wikuki has many relationships throughout NZ and the Pacific and continues to learn and build on his passion for Mana Whenua and indigenous community development, cultural resilience and robust futures, believing stronger identities make stronger people and families.

Tania Wolfgramm
A creative designer, strategist, voyager and storyteller, Tania (Maori/Tongan/Pacific) seeks to ignite and empower people to come together and collectively expand the horizons of the Maori, Pacific and Indigenous worlds. With deep cultural intelligence and wisdom, thought, word and action, Tania focuses on making the natural native world visible through Indigenous culture, art, science, and technology.

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What you will learn

  • This workshop will focus on the design, construction, and carving of traditional wooden paddles or Waka Hoe.

What you will get

  • Expert tuition from an experienced teacher!
  • Includes most materials.

What to bring

  • Just your enthusiasm!

What to wear


Appropriate for

Open to everyone interested!

Corban Estate Arts Centre

Vendor since 2018

The Corban Estate Arts Centre is located in Henderson, West Auckland.

We’re home to artist studios, our very own cafe, art classes for adults, youth and children, and an ever-changing programme of exhibitions and events.

Set within park-like groundsamongst historic winery buildings. Open 7 days a week, entry is free, everybody’s welcome.

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4.0 (1 review)
19 January 2019Waka Hoe: Introduction to Wood Carving
Fantastic hands-on yet spiritual course led by a Māori tohunga (master) where we managed to cut, create and carve a beautiful traditional wooden paddle in three days (despite, speaking for myself, zero experience of woodworking bar a few school lessons 40 years ago.) The highlights were seeing our paddle come to life in our hands through shaping and sanding, trying a couple of different carving techniques and coming together as a group every day to share our Learning journeys and take design inspiration from each other, culminating in learning our own Māori waka chant which we performed to the wider arts community at Corban’s estate !

Refund Policy


o   An administration fee of $20 per booking applies to all refunds.

o   A FULL refund (less Admin fee) will be given if you withdraw from a class/workshop 5 working days or more before the start date

o   NO refund will be given if you withdraw from a class/workshop less than 5 days before the start date.

o   NO refund will be given if you withdraw after a class/workshop has commenced. However, participants are welcome to transfer to another class/workshop or accept a credit for another class/workshop taking place at a later date.

o   Refunds can take up to 10 working days to process.



Some classes/workshops require a variation to these terms and conditions; please check your confirmation as the T’s and C’s variation will supersede regular terms and conditions.


For more information please contact CEAC Reception on info@ceac.org.nz or 09 838 4455

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Terms & Conditions




Enrolments are taken on a ‘first in first served’ basis.

Payments must be made in full in order to confirm your booking. A booking confirmation and a materials list will be provided upon full payment.

CEAC reserves the right to cancel or postpone any class that does not reach a viable enrolment number. If a class is cancelled, you will be notified no less than 4 days before the start of the class, and a full refund will be given.


Please be advised that your contact details will be made available to your Workshop Tutor who may need to contact you over the duration of your course. Please notify us if you prefer that we do not do this.

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