Maunga Kura Toi – Bachelor in Māori Arts
Following in the footsteps of my dad Samuel Runga (Ngāti Kahungunu), I began carving in 2010. My creative career began in the art department of a professional photographic processing lab in the 1990’s. Later I went on to study a level 5 diploma in Visual Arts from the Manukau School of Visual Arts in 2008.
Through Te Wānanga O Aotearoa I have studied under carvers such as Bobby T Huia, Cory Boyd and Hohepa Peni, who were all schooled under Pakaariki “Paki” Harrison