Renowned Maori artist Manos Nathan has died after a 10-month struggle with leukaemia. He was 67.
Mr Nathan, of Ngapuhi, Te Roroa and Ngati Whatua descent, was the leaser of the Maori ceramic movement, and co-founder of Nga Kaihanga Uku, the national Maori clayworkers' organization.
He was a graduate of Wellington Polytech, whose early training was in sculpture and woodwork and he was called home for overseas in the early 1980's to carve the meeting house at Matatina marae in Waipoua Forest , on his tribal lands.
Mr Nathan died at his home on Wednesday and will lie at Taita Marae, Mamaranui, Northland from Friday, with the funeral service will take place at Taita at 11am on 7 September.
He is survived by wife Alison, four children and one grandchild.