Brett Rangitaawa


Brett Rangitaawa (Te Atiawa, Ngati Raukawa) has a lifelong fascination with molten metal.
Born in Lower Hutt in 1970, Brett began working with metal at age 15 as part of a metal casting apprenticeship. From these early beginnings, today Brett owns and operates The Heavy Metal Company, a commercial foundry based in Wellington.

In his capacity as an expert foundryman, Brett has assisted some of New Zealand’s most prominent sculptors with the casting of their large scale metal works.

Among the sculptures with which Brett has assisted are Paul Dibble’s monumental Southern Stand (in London’s Hyde Park corner),  Roddy McMillan’s larger than life sculpture of The World’s Fastest Indian (in Queens Park, Invercargill), and Kingsley Baird’s The Tomb of the Unknown Warrior (in Wellington).

With many years expertise in metal work, Brett has now turned his talents to the creation of his own sculptures. Incorporating his study of whakairo (Maori traditional art) with his extensive metal casting experience, Brett’s bronze and aluminium works are both expertly crafted and culturally evocative.