Tēnā koutou, tēnā koutou, tēnā koutou katoa. Nō te uri ahau ā Rākaihautū, Whatu Māmoe, Tahupōtiki. Ko Waitaha rātau ko Kāti Māmoe, ko Kai Tahu kā iwi. Ko Te Wāhi Pounamu te whenua. Ko Aoraki rāua ko Hikaroroa kā mauka. Ko Te Tai o Araiteuru te moana. Ko Waikouaiti te awa. Kā Puna karikari a Rākaihautū wai Māori kā roto. Ko Puketeraki te papatipu marae. Ko kā waka e toru: ko Uruao, ko Araiteuru me Takitimu hoki. Ko kā hapū ko Kāti Huirapa, ko Kāti Hawea, a, ko Kāi Te Ruahikihiki hoki ka noho ai. Ko te rūnaka, ko Kāti Huirapa Rūnaka ki Puketeraki. Ko Heremi Harpur taku ikoa. Ko Harpur tōku tūpuna ikoa Airihi. Ko te tikaka o tāna ikoa ko te harp, he momo pūoro whakataki. Ko kaiwhakatakitaki rāua ko whakairo kā taoka pūoro āku mahi. Kai a te Rangatira, he kōrero. Tohu o te Rangatira, he manaaki. Mahi a te Rangatira, he whakatira i te iwi. Mō tātau, ā, mō kā uri ā muri ake nei. Tihei mauriora!
Taonga pūoro are the musical instruments of the Māori people of Aotearoa (New Zealand). The name taonga pūoro means singing treasures. This name gives an insight into how highly the instruments are valued, both for the beauty of the sound, the instrument itself and the story of the taonga. There are many different types of taonga pūoro, from shell trumpets, to unique types of flutes, spun instruments and bird callers. All instruments are seen as individuals as they have their own unique voice and decoration. They are grouped into families according to how they were created in the ancestral past. These stories are shared through the sounds of the taonga and the carvings on them. There are many different uses for taonga pūoro, from open entertainment to sacred ritual use. In either context, when played, they somehow transmit an appreciation for the spiritual dimensions from which they come.
Jeremy Cloake was born in Whanganui ā Tara (Wellington), Aotearoa and is now based at Piha beach in Tāmaki Makau-rau (Auckland). His Māori tūpuna (ancestors) are Waitaha, Kāti Mamoe and Kai Tahu (tribal groups) from Te Waka o Aoraki (the South Island). He is sometimes referred to as Heremi, the Te Reo (Māori language) transliteration for Jeremy. Harpur is his Irish ancestral name. Harpur is a musicians name taken from harp that literally means harp and pipe player. He shares ancestry with "Australia’s most recognised colonial poet” Charles Harpur. Jeremy values and acknowledges all aspects of his ancestry and the important role his ancestors have in shaping his future.
Jeremy values the fact that each taonga he makes will continue to represent him long after he is gone. For this reason, he is a meticulous carver who makes all of his instruments with the utmost care and respect for the whakapapa of the taonga. His skills as a carver and as a musician means that he is able to refine his instruments from both perspectives, resulting in excellent musical instruments that are beautufully decorated. He works with pounamu (NZ greenstone), niho parāoa (sperm whale teeth) kauae parāoa (sperm whale jawbone) and rākau o Aotearoa (NZ native timbers). In most cases, Jeremy makes each taonga to individual request as it is important for him to carve the taonga with suitable intention and design relevant to the individual or family he is making it for. Occasionally taonga will be listed for sale on this website. Jeremy's work is in private collections within Aotearoa and in Japan, Europe and the UK. Documentation and Toi Iho certification is supplied with all instruments.