Iwi (tribal) affiliation: Ngāti Ira, Te Aitanga a Hauiti, Ngāti Porou
He maha te Moko. He whakapapa, he kaupapa, he toi tangata, toi whenua, he toi atua. He hakari ma te kanohi me te wairua.
Kua maha nga tau a Mark e whakairo ana me te whakaoti ano i a ia o nga whare whakairo tipuna e maha. I aua tau, na tona mahi ano i tipu te hiahia kia mau i a ia te moko, kia mau ano i a te uhi ta. No nga tau iti noa nei i mua, i hikina e ia te uhi, te ngira ta moko kia ta i a ia ona whanaunga ki nga tohu moko a o ratou tipuna. Koia kua pau nga tau maha o mua i teneki whainga.
Tolaga Bay on the North Island’s East Coast has been home to Mark Kopua as both a child and an adult.
For twenty-three years he was a traditional Māori carver, working on several meeting houses as head carver.
Now, as a full-time tā moko artist, the focus of Mark’s work is on understanding the symbolism and meanings of the multitude of designs found in moko. He is concentrating particularly on the knowledge of moko used within his own hapu (sub-tribe).
Have a look at a gallery of images of Mark Kopua at work on The Marae
Tā moko artist Mark Kopua applying moko.