Farewell to Tumeke Carvings: Celebrating 5 Years of Artistry

Preserving Māori Artistry: A Farewell to Tumeke Carvings

September 12, 2023
Amanda Kuhn
Farewell to Tumeke Carvings: Celebrating 5 Years of Artistry

After five remarkable years of gracing the Byron Community Market, we bid a fond farewell to Mike and Jan Parkinson of Tumeke Carvings. Their traditional bone and wood carvings, along with exquisite Pounamu (Greenstone) and Pāua (Abalone shell) jewellery, have left an indelible mark on our market community.

Tumeke Carvings has been a market highlight for those seeking the beauty and tradition of New Zealand's Indigenous art. The Parkinsons' handcrafted bone and wood carvings have told stories of spirituality and nature, while their Pounamu and Pāua jewellery have allowed us to connect with the rich culture of Aotearoa.

As we say goodbye to Mike and Jan, we extend our heartfelt gratitude for their contribution to our market. Their stall has been a source of inspiration and meaning, and we wish them all the best in their future endeavours.

Tumeke Carvings has left a legacy of creativity and culture in our market, and we will always cherish the artistry they shared with us. Farewell, Mike and Jan, and thank you for five incredible years.