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Rangi at Wainuiomata Marae

Hutt legend stars in NZ International Film Festival doco

The Lower Hutt community has impressive talent that are humble makers, dedicated to their craft and that influence people across the country and the world.

Master carver Rangi Hetet, based in Waiwhetu, is one of these legends and stars in a documentary at New Zealand International Film Festival, starting this weekend.

Over 3 years in the making, it’s an insight in to the incredible mahi involved in creating carvings. This is an extra special story of an exceptional artist who has taught new generations of carvers in the original art of Māori carving.

At 82, Rangi is one of the last traditional Māori carvers alive today who learned their craft in an era that straddled the ways of the old tohunga whakairo (master carver) and those of the modern world.

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