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Source: Auckland Council

“When hope feels lost, return to the wisdom of the natural world.”

Saddened by the endangered state of the Kauri tree, which has been heavily impacted by colonization and is now under attack from dieback disease, Wolf was drawn to an ancient Māori legend, which tells of the ancestry between the Kauri tree and Tohorā (whale).

The story illuminates indigenous healing methods, which inspired Wolf to create contemporary jewellery pieces made with Rongoā Māori principles.

He sees the pieces as talisman to guide those who wear them through the grief and loss of this environmental crisis, a healing ritual for modern times.

Wolf, who is pākeha, celebrates indigenous healing wisdom and advocates a collective need to return to ancient ways.

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