Tainui || McLeod

Terence has always made things; using object and physical form as a language to communicate story. He creates by deriving a core concept from an abstraction, and leaving the observer to join their own dots, touching on the universal longing for identity, connection and culture. Tere enjoys the capacity of objects to speak for themselves, via medium, form and personal reference, and to hold their own place in time and culture.

“Every time the story or importance of the stone is retold, it grows, and I like being part of that. I like hearing everyone’s tikanga around the stone; it makes it more real and alive. The oral tradition around the stone is still fluid; that’s the nature of it, it’s part of the game.”

Terence has been working as a professional sculptor within the film and conceptual arts industry for twelve years. He was Highly Commended in the New Zealand Jade Artists’ Society biennial carving competition in 2014. In 2015 he was invited by the Suzhou City Jade Carving Association to exhibit at the Zi Gang Bei exhibition in Suzhou, China, and was awarded a bronze medal.

Tere lives and works in Wellington, Aotearoa, carving jade sourced both locally and internationally.


Terence happily accepts commissions to create personalised works; small sculptures or jewellery.

If you have a piece in mind, please feel free to get in touch to discuss your design.