Swamp Rimu, hemp, L250mm
Rehu (transverse flute)
Swamp Rimu, L580mm
Glass and Swamp Rimu, Goose feathers, L1200mm
Double Chambered Pūtōrino
Swamp Rimu, L620mm
Porotiti (spinning disc)
Swamp Rimu, L520mm
PĹŤmotomoto (Tuhoe birthing flute)
top notch flute, Swamp Rimu, L520mm
Swamp Rimu, L580mm
Swamp Rimu, hemp, harakeke casing, L720mm
large – Totara/Charonia Tritonis, duck feathers, L420mm Small – Pōhutukawa/Charonia Tritonis, duck feathers, L280mm
Ko te tutukitanga te whakaaturanga nei o taku hikoinga i te ao Taonga Puoro. Ko tōku whakapapa te pūtaketanga o taku mahi puoro. I a au e noho ana ki roto o Merepane, i whakaputaina ngā kōrero o tōku whānau e tōku Kuia, e Nana Fern Rutherford. I runga i te karanga o ōku tīpuna me ō rātau kōrero, i hoki tōtika au ki te ūkaipō, ki Aotearoa nei, ki te whāngaia tōku hiakai puoro. I roto i tōku mahi puoro, kai te hoki au ki ngā wā o mua ki te honoa taua wa ki te nāianei kia ora ai anō ngā tikanga o te kauae runga, me te kauae raro. I tata ngaro ngā taonga nei, ko au anō hoki tērā. I noho kūware ahau ki tōku whakapapa Māori. I noho wehe anō hoki ahau. I runga i tērā ōritetanga, e ngākau nui ana ahau ki tērā āhuatanga o ngā taonga nei. He hōnore anō hoki mōku ki te mahi i tēnei tūmomo mahi, arā ko te whakarauora taonga puoro. Te maha hoki o ngā huanga mōku i roto i tēnei mahi. I runga i te whakaiti, i te ngakau māhaki, i runga anō hoki i te ngāwari kua whai wāhi au i roto i te ao puoro. He kai mā tōku wairua. Kua tīmata taku wānanga puoro i runga i te aroha o te hunga kawe mōhio. Ā muri i tērā kua whakaritea ahau e ahau anō ki te whai i ngā tapuwai puoro. Ngākaunui ana ahau ki tēnei wānanga puoro. Ahakoa ngā hapa, ahakoa ngā piki mē nga heke, ko tōna mutunga ko te ako. Ehara i te mea he rākau noa iho te rākau, he pōhatu noa iho ngā pōhatu, engari he wairua tō te rākau, he oranga tō te pōhatu. Nōreira me mihi kā tika ki te whakapapa o ngā rauemi, ō rātau kōrero, ō rātau mauri. I runga i taku mahi puoro ka taea e au te whakarangatira, te whakahonore ano hoki i taku mihi ki ngā rākau, ki ngā pōhatu, ki ngā rawa taketake katoa o tēnei mahi. Te Kohimu Parahi – he taonga tuku iho, he ānga whakamua. Tihei Puoro!
Tom Carroll with Christopher Douglas-Huriwai
‘The Bronze Whisper’ is the culmination of my 7 years experience as a taonga puoro maker and practitioner, reconnecting the past and creating a future where broken traditions are reassembled on an internal and external level.
Inspired by receiving my whakapapa from my paternal grandmother Fern Rutherford while living in Melbourne, I relocated to my hometown of Whanganui to pursue my developing interest in Maori music, and seek connections in the taonga puoro community.
Following the guidelines from experienced practitioners, many of who have become close friends, my understanding of materials and their uses deepened and I have come to appreciate taonga puoro as a sacred art form as well as a place open to explore and express my visual and theoretical interests.
I have strived to develop a personal style conscious and respectful of tradition without being beholden to it’s limitations. In the making of each piece I feel I am shaping and unveiling living vibrational entities and assisting their birth into this dimension.
Reconnecting to my own whakapapa and culture and finding my place within taonga puoro I identify and express in a free and open way. Making and playing - for it’s own pleasures - this is something that nourishes my soul, and connects me into other like-mindedness. They were temporarily lost from our culture and so was I - so it is an honour and a privilege to partake in re-bridging that connection.
Tom Carroll (Ngati Maru, Hauraki)