ABOUT MARK KOPUA: ARTIST PROFILE
Mark Kopua is Te Aitanga a Hauiti, Ngati Ira and Ngati Porou (tribal groups) from the East Coast of the North Island of New Zealand. He is a tohunga (expert) ta moko artist and has been tattooing for around 16 years. Prior to doing ta moko, he did Maori whakairo (carving) for about 35 years.
Some highlights of his carving career were working on Marae projects such as Ako Pai (Wellington), Kapiti, Ruataupare (Tuparoa), and Te Herenga Waka Marae (Wellington).