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Photograph showing a range of Māori products for sale at Auckland Museum Store including pounamu (greenstone) and carvings

Authentically Aotearoa

Explore our wide range of Māori artworks and products, from renowed local makers and artists.

Photograph showing a range of dinosaur products for sale at Auckland Museum Store including soft toy, puzzle and book

Roarsome T. rex products

A great range of Peter-related fun and educational toys, books, puzzles, clothing and more, sure to spark imaginations of the young, and young at heart.

Robin Morrison: Road Trip

Journey through our range of prints, postcards and more relating to our current photography exhibition.

Meet the Maker

Ric Moor

My aim is to be of graceful erosion- this extends from the glaciation of ancient stone to its arrival on the beach. As carvers, we leave indelible marks on the stones that we work, and, like glaciation, those marks speak of our journey, our intent, our mauri (life force or vital essence).

 We consider the concept of kaitiakitanga (guardianship) as we are privileged to work with pounamu. I believe we need to bring a balanced approach to our work that respects the cultural value of the stone and our value as a carver.

Ric Moor was born in Kaikohe, Northland. From as young as age 11, he developed an interest in carving. Ric initially began carving volcanic stone before moving on to bone and crafting with silver.

Ric has been working as a professional artist for nearly two decades, specialising in precious metals, stone, and bone. He also works as a cabinet maker, using swamp Kauri wood. However, his greatest passion lies in carving New Zealand Pounamu (nephrite jade) because of its permanence and cultural significance. Today, Ric works out of his Rapahoe Studio on the South Island’s West Coast. His carvings are featured in galleries and museums across New Zealand.