In 2014 Arapo graduated from Te Takapu o Rotowhio, (stone, bone & pounamu) school, at Te Puia/ NZMACI. Following graduation, he worked under master carvers for 5 years sharing their knowledge and skill. This helped him to create a path way for himself to grow as an artist and give back to his whanau iwi and hapu.
Ko Matawhaura Te maunga Ko Rotoiti Te moana
Ko Te Arawa Te waka
Ko Ngati Pikiao Te iwi
Ko Ngati Tamateatutahi Ngati Kawiti nga hapu
Ko Tapuaeharuru Te marae