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Mark was raised in Mangatuna, by his old people and is considered a historian by his East Coast tribes of the North Island in New Zealand; Te Aitanga a Hauiti, Ngāti Ira and Ngāti Porou. He was the master carver for several meeting houses both on the East Coast as well as in the lower North Island. He and a small group of moko artists are responsible for the reinstatement of moko into New Zealand society.  Mark has been employed in many national and international roles and one unique role has been to provenance artefacts.

For many years he was a board member of the national Māori art advocacy, Toi Māori. He has trained several moko artists and continues to work as a moko artist and design consultant in addition to holding the position as a co-director for Te Kurahuna. He is a confident facilitator of whānau hui and his approach to healing is celebrated by communities as he embraces his unique skills as a storyteller and keeper of ancient Māori knowledge and whakapapa. 

Send enquires to studio@tekurahuna.com


Consultation Fee*:

45 minutes consultation with Mark $75.00. Zoom is available for those outside of Gisborne.

Booking Fee*:

A fee of $75.00 is to be deposited to confirm your booking.

Minimum Fee:

$600.00 is the minimum fee for the first 2 hours of tāmoko. Each hour after is at the rate of $250.00. Payment is made via bank deposit on the day.

Availability :

Bookings are available on Mondays and Tuesdays only.



To protect our Tohunga Mark Kopua, other staff on site, and your whānau please don't enter into this whare; if you have a fever, cough, sore throat, or shortness of breath, please get tested for COVID-19.


To keep the driveway clear, please ensure to park on the road.


  • A maximum number of 15 people at a time to attend and tautoko you on the day. Inside the studio, a maximum of 5 people at a time.

  • Your whānau members are welcome to use the outdoor seating area on the deck.

  • If it is raining, feel free to use the whānau room.

  • Children must be supervised at all times.


No food or drinks inside the studio and the whānau room.


I’ve never had a Moko/tattoo before and I’m feeling anxious.

That is completely understandable. Our Tohunga Mark Kopua has had years of experience and is well-versed in dealing with anxious kaiwhiwhi. He will ease you into the process and can offer what is called a “water-line” before proceeding with ink to give you an idea of what it feels like.

How do I prepare for my booking?

It is recommended that you get a good night’s sleep and eat a decent breakfast before coming in. Bring plenty of water and snacks to keep you going through your appointment and do not consume alcohol at least 24hours prior.

Do I pay on the day?

Yes, payment for the Moko will be paid on the day based on how long it takes.

Is there a booking fee?

Yes, in order to confirm your booking with Mark, a booking fee will need to be paid and a screenshot sent to studio@tekurahuna.com.

How do I book in?

Contact studio@tekurahuna.com or fill out our Tā Moko Booking Request form and we can go from there.

Can I have whānau join me?

Yes, absolutely. Our whare space can comfortably accommodate whānau with an outdoor area connecting to the studio. We ask that only 3-5 whānau members be inside the studio at a time.


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