Bill and Anne Rawiri are owners of the Māori Arts Gallery, a Maori-owned family-run business situated on the picturesque waterfront of Wellington harbour, in New Zealand.
Bill is a skilled bone carver descended from the Ngāpuhi tribe while Anne, who weaves and makes korowai (Māori cloaks), descends from Ngāti Whātua and Te Rarawa tribes.
What started as a hobby quickly became a business for Bill and Anne when they began selling taonga (treasures) at local markets and from a small shop attached to their home. This continued for over 20 years before opening the harbourside gallery. Satisfied customers to date include a US President and a Pope!
Both Bill and Anne are extremely proud of their rich Maori culture and are committed to promoting traditional Māori arts and crafts by supporting local artists and providing authentic local products.