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Sam teaches whakairo (carving) on the diploma and degree. A qualified builder, he has more than 30 years’ experience as a carver working under the guidance of tohunga whakairo Rangi Hetet. Sam himself has taught carving for over 20 years. Alongside his role at Whitireia he is also one of the directors for the Hetet School of Māori Art, an online course that teaches worldwide.
He enjoys seeing students’ skills and confidence develop throughout their time on the programme. Sam says most students come with no drawing or practical skills so watching them flourish is very rewarding.