Native Affairs - Adzed

Before the pen and paper arrived in Aotearoa, Māori recorded our history through whakairo.

The art of whakairo etches the history of whakapapa and whānau connections in each delicately carved pou.

But some say this age old tradition is dying with one Auckland carver saying the lack of paid work means kaiwhakairo are being forced to hang up their tools.

Billie Jo Hohepa-Ropiha with this report.