Stanford Wihongi (Tu)

Stanford Wihongi (Ngapuhi, Te Atihaunui o Pāparangi) is a Ngaphui Whakairo and cultural expert with over 30 years carving experience.

Stanford (known as Tu) began his official training under the guidance of Tohunga Whakairo Wallace Heteraka, with the Meeting House of Kaka Porowini. Since that time, he has accomplished a number of significant works including work on the Te Papa Carvings (guided by Cliff Whiting), leading work on the 28th Maori Battalion Pou (outside the Whangarei Library), leading on the Pou representing Te Tai Tokerau for Police College (Wellington) and working on the Pou for Ngapuhi Rununga with mentor Allen Wihongi.

In addition, Tu has completed thousands of pieces for different communities and whanau including pou, waka huia, tiaha, hoi and patu. He works tirelessly within various charitable contexts and is passionate about innovating in the space between Mātauranga Māori and creative and environmental research.