CONSERVATION is at the heart of everything Tony Howse does.


Tony's passion for nature and all it has to offer has inspired his last 20 years into a life filled with sculpture, music and organic gardening. 

His love for the Kauri tree has led Tony not just to take care of salvaged Kauri that he finds, making it into beautiful works of art. To date he has planted hundreds of Kauri trees, in an effort to bring back the majestic tree that once covered The Coromandel Peninsula, and to conserve what it is left of it today. Conservation is at the heart of everything Tony Howse does.

The Coromandel has been Tony’s home for the past 45 years it and has been a major influence in his exploration of sea life and the coastal landscape through his Kauri wood sculptures. Tony began sculpting in 1991 and has exhibited and won awards many times in galleries and at art shows throughout New Zealand.

Before sculpting begins, Tony spends hours examining a piece of wood, seeing the artwork within.Tony works with many different kinds of wood, but Kauri lies closes to his heart. The Kauri he loves to work with the most is the root systems and head wood, which he finds all over the Coromandel Peninsula. The majority of the trees were felled in 1870's onwards, and shipped to California during the American goldrush.


Tony Howse is a Dedicated Conservationist


Combining his passion for Kauri, Native birds and conservation, for the past few years Tony has dedicated himself to a conservation project - the Karangahake Native Bird Reserve. Tony was a recipient of the 2014 Pride of NZ award for his work establishing this reserve, and encouraging young people to participate in replanting it with native trees. Tony's tireless pest eradication efforts have been very successful, creating a burgeoning increase in the reserve's native bird numbers.

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