Dean Marjoribanks has a passion for carving taonga (valued items) & jewellery in pounamu. Dean happily lives in the Eastern Bay of Plenty where he has strong genealogical & cultural ties through his Te Whānau ā-Apanui whakapapa (ancestry).
Dean has furthered his knowledge & understanding of his Māori ancestry by completing a number of academic studies in Māori language, arts, customs & carving. He is passionate about working with New Zealand pounamu & also enjoys making taonga & jewellery from a wide variety of other stone types including - Pakohe (Argillite), Tuhua (Obsidian),Tahanga (Basalt) & Onewa (Greywacke).
He is inspired by pre-European Taonga Māori & sees himself as being part of a long line of carvers & artists.