Riccarton High School Riccarton High School

Contemporary Whakairo Carving

Subject Description

Teacher in Charge: Ms A. Blackwell.

Recommended Prior Learning

Junior art modules/courses

Ākonga/Students will explore their own whakapapa through a Te Ao Māori lens and research traditional (customary) and contemporary (trans customary) ‘Whakairo’ carving processes, in order to help them create a unique taonga carved out of mdf, for someone special in their life. They will engage in the design process to develop and simplify their ideas through the use of both handmade and digital processes. The art-making skills involved in this process are drawing, collage, wood-cutting, and painting. 

The final outcome is for the students to take home their carved taonga at the end of the course. 

(NB: This is not a traditional Māori carving course ). 

This course is an all-inclusive course. All learners are welcome. 

IE: This is a wananei course for both tangata whenua and ngati pakeha ākonga. 

Learning Areas:



Level 1 Visual Art, Level 2 Visual Art Design

Career Pathways


Approximate Costs and Equipment/Stationery

Approx cost $60