Kauri Hawkins (b. 1995) is a sculptor, painter, film maker and performance artist whose work comments on contemporary New Zealand identity through a Te Ao Māori lense. He works with materials as diverse as road signs, basketball jerseys, cigarettes and hi-viz apparel, challenging these objects’ cultural significance as a means or self-reflection and expression.
Hawkins has exhibited in galleries throughout New Zealand alongside many leading artists in New Zealand such as Prof. Robert Jahnke, Ngatai Taepa, Robyn Kahukiwa, John Walsh and many others. His carved Kauri sculpture (native timber )work ‘Kauri Pou Whenua’ featured at the Waiheke Sculpture on the Gulf, 2019, is now part of a significant private collection here in Aotearoa, New Zealand.
Hawkins was born in Palmerston North in 1995 and brought up in Tūranganui-a-Kiwa/ Gisborne. Muriwai, Tūranganui-a-Kiwa and has tribal affiliations to Ngai Tamanuhiri and Ngati Porou, Rongowhakaata and Ngati Pahauwera. He also descended from Aitiutaki in the Islands of Avaiki (Cook Islands).