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Tohunga Whakairo Rākau Clive Fugill recognised

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After nearly six decades at the New Zealand Māori Arts & Crafts Institute, Tohunga Whakairo Rākau (Master Carver), Clive Fugill was recently made a companion of the New Zealand Order of Merit for services to Māori Art.

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Honours list, 74-year-old Clive is very humble.

“The message came through on email. I was actually quite shocked. I never expected that … when I studied it, I couldn’t believe it because it’s just under a knighthood,” he said.

He was nominated by Te Takapū o Rotowhio (National Bone and Stone Carving School) graduate Ihaia Ryan, supported by Te Puia | NZMACI.

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