Ko Tamatea raua ko Rakaumangamanga ōku maunga, ko Hokianga raua ko Ipipiri ōku moana, ko Ngatokimatawhaorua te waka, ko Te Rarawa me Ngapuhi nga iwi.
Ko Mark Howard tōku ingoa.
I am Mark Howard, I am from Taitokerau. I am a self taught carver who combines traditional and contemporary styles in my work. I am exceedingly fortunate to have skilled tohunga whakairo in my family, and I am part of a collective of carvers who offer guidance, support, and inspiration to one another.
After many years in Auckland working full time and pursuing my passion for carving part time, my wife and I relocated to an elevated bush property overlooking the Whangaroa harbour, where I could dedicate wholly to the art form. Immersed in the beauty of the abundant native flora and fauna, connected to the land of my ancestors, I am blessed with the resources at hand and the resounding resonance of a waterfall in my front yard.
Although the path chosen is a solitary one and often possesses unique challenges, ultimately, there is great satisfaction and reward...especially the response from recipients when their work is completed and acquired.