MEET AWHITIA TAVIONI
aka. Mama Awhitia
Awhitia Tavioni is Mikes wife and a renowned master carver in her own right.
Awhitia’s talent was nurtured and grown through Mike's guidance and encouragement.
Awhitia and Mike’s door has always been open.
She has her own signature style and is a proud custodian of Cook Islands heritage and reo (language).
Awhitia creates functional artworks that promote the mana and beauty of the Cook Islands .
Before the gallery existed, visitors would come to Mike and Awhitia home to learn carving.
The formation of a purpose-built space where this could be done with more room and
functionality was simply an extension of a practice they have
always catered for out of their own home.
Today, Gallery Tavioni and Vananga is a cultural arts centre, a creative workshop,
an education facility, a hub for artists, friends and family.
Come connect and create with us.
Connecting generations to our Cook Islands heritage
Papa Mike & Awhitia
Make use of today
Perpetuate, practice & protect traditional life skills
Cherish your origin
Carving a Paddle
Stay the course for tomorrow