Master carver Hugh Tareha has whakapapa back to Tangaroa. He shares connections with the house Hau Te Ananui, Ruatepukepuke, and the traditions of whakairo, Maori carving. Based at his studio at Pawhakairo, Waiohiki Arts Village, Hugh’s style is recognised as being truly indigenous to the Napier area. His pou are dotted around the Ahuriri precinct, at the EIT Otatara campus, and on Otatara itself. A fine example of his primitive style is his carving of Wiremu Tamihana at the entrance to Waiohiki Marae. Hugh undertakes commissions in both traditional and contemporary forms but prefers to use native timbers. He is an expert in carving traditional Maori weaponry. His work is held by several prestigious art collectors including Kevin Roberts of Saatchi & Saatchi. Hugh’s carved tree trunks at the Napier Golf Links and on the Puketapu hill have become popular with tourists to the area. He is an engaging host and welcomes visitors to his studio.