Temuera Morrison honoured with Boba Fett Kauri carving by Māori artist Mr G Hoete

Headlines 17/02/2022

Iconic Māori actor Temuera Morrison has been enjoying a resurgence into the Star Wars universe and onto Disney Plus as the cult favourite character Boba Fett in The Book of Boba Fett.

Uncle Tem brings such mana to the role, channeling the power of his own Māori whakapapa into his performance and combining it with the magic of the Star Wars universe.

"Putting on the costume - that's a most powerful feeling. You just have to wear the costume and all of a sudden you start feeling powerful, feeling like the Bounty Hunter," Morrison told Newshub.

Now that bounty hunter has been honoured in his hometown of Rotorua with an iconic Boba Fett helmet carved from native kauri as a taonga for Tem.

Globally recognised Māori carver and artist Mr G has been drawing his favourite Star Wars characters since he was a child, so naturally, he was up to the task.

"For me it's about connection, so this is perfect you know? You've got the Star Wars culture, but you've also got the Māoritanga - our taha Māori, our Māori side - and being able to honour Temuera in this way is so fitting and appropriate," said Mr G.

"As Māori, that's our superpower, us just being who we are. That's how we shine in this world."

Photos and story sourced by Newshub.