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Ngataiharuru Taepa

Kaihautu Toi Maori - Director of Maori Arts

CoCA - Maori Arts

Professional

Contact details

  • Ph: 06 3569099 ex 84361
    Location: 2.27, Te Putahi a Toi - School of Maori Art, Knowledge and Education
    Campus: Turitea

Research Expertise

Research Interests

Maori Visual Culture.

Thematics

Design – for Commerce, Community and Culture

Area of Expertise

Field of research codes
Fine Arts (incl. Sculpture and Painting) (190502): Studies In Creative Arts And Writing (190000): Visual Arts and Crafts (190500)

Research Projects

Summary of Research Projects

Position Current Completed
Team Member 1 0

Current Projects

Project Title: He Tatai Whenua: A Te Ao Maori landscape classification

Our research will synthesize a Te Ao Maori landscape classification that can be directly integrated with existing geographical information systems (GIS). We will produce the first indigenous peoples, or Maori metric based Landscape Classification for New Zealand. Despite Maori expert elicitation, or interpretation, of landscape features being well recognised, coherent representation and display of this knowledge is significantly underdeveloped. Data of this kind is still treated as anecdotal or qualitative and, as a result, lacks impact in environmental management and decision-making. In stark contrast, the underlying descriptors and datasets used to classify NZ's environment for decision-making are all displayed in advanced GIS systems utilising cutting edge technology (e.g. geology (Qmap), soils (SMap), bio-diversity (Landcover Database/LENZ), and land use/capability (NZ Land Resource Inventory)). Many of the fundamental methods used to create these datasets are based on frameworks and criteria created through quasi-quantitative methods with no inclusion or recognition of matauranga Maori. This will be achieved through three components: 1. Development of Maori landscape classification criteria based on matauranga Maori, tikanga, kaitiakitanga and tohu taiao from leading Maori academics and Iwi partners 2. Generation of the first Maori Landscape Classification GIS (MLC-GIS) and database using new IT, GIS, remote sensing techniques and mathematical methods to visualise landscapes based on the developed criteria 3. Application of the MLC-GIS alongside existing environmental databases in new catchment management strategies Our research will use the Manawatu catchment to develop the protocols required to extend the proposed Maori Landscape Classification GIS to the whole of NZ. Globally this will be the first time such a dataset will be created. Additionally, new geospatial visualisation methods will be developed that will have significant impact.
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Date Range: 2017 - 2021

Funding Body: Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment

Project Team:

Research Outputs

Book

Borrell, N., Mangere Arts Centre - Nga Tohu o Uenuku, ., & Toi Maori Aotearoa, . (Eds.) (2013). Te Atinga: 25 years of contemporary Maori Art. Wellington, Aotearoa, New Zealand: Toi Maori Aotearoa - Maori Art New Zealand and Te Atinga - Contemporary Visual arts committee, 2013
[Edited Book]Contributed to by: Taepa, N.

Creative Work

Taepa, N. (2017) Titiro Titiro ki Te Maunga Titohea. [Exhibition] Page Blackie Gallery, Wellington, Aotearoa, New Zealand
[Artwork]Authored by: Taepa, N.
Taepa, N. (2017, April 8). Te Marae o Rongotaketake, Redressing our Kahungunu History. (No. of Pieces: 1) [Interactive artwork, Laser cut black and mirror acrylic with beads. 1000h x 3600mm]. Aratoi Wairarapa Museum of Art and History, Masteron, Aotearoa, New Zealand.
[Exhibition]Authored by: Taepa, N.Contributed to by: Taepa, N.
Taepa, N., Birch, I., Te Ratana, S., Puke, K., Foster, S., & Rakena, R. (2017) Kuratini Marae wharenui. [Exhibition] Massey University Campus, Wellington
[Artwork]Authored by: Birch, I., Foster, S., Taepa, N.Contributed to by: Taepa, N.
Taepa, . (2017, March 17). Maori Market 2017. Te Wharewaka o Poneke.
[Exhibition]Authored by: Taepa, N.Contributed to by: Taepa, N.
Taepa, N. (2017) Maungarongo ki te whenua. [Exhibition] Commissioned taonga to commemorate the 70th anniversary of the Battle of Monte Casino. [Earth oxides on totara, 1900 L x 900 w x 45mm d]. New Zealand Defence Force, Head Office, Wellington, 4th May 2017
[Artwork]Authored by: Taepa, N.
Taepa, N. (2016, June 21). Mata Rau. (No. of Pieces: 8) [Various timbers at various sizes]. Page Blackie Gallery, Wellington, Aotearoa, New Zealand.
[Exhibition]Authored by: Taepa, N.
Taepa, N. (2016). Pukana Whakarunga. (No. of Pieces: 1) Toi Poneke Arts Centre,Wellington.
[Exhibition]Authored by: Taepa, N.Contributed to by: Taepa, N.
Taepa, N. (2016) to be advised. [Exhibition] The New Zealand Commission in China
[Artwork]Authored by: Taepa, N.
Taepa, N. (2016) to be advised. [Exhibition] Palmerston North Airport
[Artwork]Authored by: Taepa, N.
Taepa, N., Tuffrey, M., Voyce, T., & Williams, K. (2016, April 21). WW1 Remembered: a light and sound show 2016. (No. of Pieces: installation) Pukeahu National War Memorial Park, Mt Cook, Wellington..
[Exhibition]Authored by: Taepa, N.Contributed to by: Taepa, N.
Taepa, N. (2015) WW1 Remembered: A Light and Sound Show, 2015 and 2016. [Exhibition] 9 Digital artworks for animation: Tirairaka me te rango, Kaokao, Patiki, Poppy, Waewae Pakura, Roimata Toroa, Kua Wheturangitia, Pou Maumahara - Pillar of Remembrance. Pukeahu, National War Memorial Park, Wellington, 18-25th April 2015 & 21-25 April 2016
[Artwork]Authored by: Taepa, N.Contributed to by: Taepa, N.
Taepa, N., Barber, A., Carlin and Fitts, KE., Corkery, S., Cousins, J., Farquhar, N., . . . Vaughn, A. (2015, November 28). Necessary Distraction 2016. (No. of Pieces: 5) Auckland Art Gallery Toi o Tamaki.
[Exhibition]Authored by: Taepa, N.Contributed to by: Taepa, N.
Taepa, N. (2015, October). He Taonga Awhina suicide prevention project 2015. (No. of Pieces: Editioned series of prints) [Print]. Gallery on Guyton, Whanganui.
[Exhibition]Authored by: Taepa, N.Contributed to by: Taepa, N.
Taepa, N. (2015) Pou Korero. [Exhibition] Wellington Zoo commissioned artworks [4 freestanding outdoor sculptures. 3 at 600 x 2000mm and 1 at 600 x 1300mm]. Wellington Zoo, Aotearoa, New Zealand
[Artwork]Authored by: Taepa, N.
Taepa, N. (2015, June 14). Te Tini a Pitau - Ngataiharuru Taepa 12 years of Kowhaiwhai 2015. (No. of Pieces: 1 new, 20 in total) [Various timbers at a scale of 1600 x 550 x 28 mm. 19 additional works from a 12 year period]. Pataka Art Gallery, Porirua, 14th June - 6th Sep 2015.
[Exhibition]Authored by: Taepa, N.
Taepa, N., Tuffery, M., Hunter, S., Appierdo, R., & Stewart, G. (2015) WWI Remembered: A Light and Sound Show. [Exhibition] Pukeahu National War Memorial Park, 41 Buckle St, Mt Cook, Wellington
[Artwork]Authored by: Taepa, N.Contributed to by: Taepa, N.
Taepa, N. (2015, May 26). Tipua. (No. of Pieces: 9) [Various timber at variable sizes]. Page Blackie Gallery, Wellington, Aotearoa, New Zealand.
[Exhibition]Authored by: Taepa, N.
Taepa, N. (2014) Buck Nin Legacy Commission. [Exhibition] Te Wananga o Aotearoa, Porirua, Aotearoa, New Zealand
[Artwork]Authored by: Taepa, N.
Taepa, N. (2014, July 17). Black River. (No. of Pieces: 1) [Print]. Te Manawa Art Gallery, Porirua, Aotearoa, New Zealand.
[Exhibition]Authored by: Taepa, N.Contributed to by: Taepa, N.
Taepa, N. (2014, November 14). Maori Market. (No. of Pieces: 1) [Timber]. TSB Bank Arena.
[Exhibition]Authored by: Taepa, N.Contributed to by: Taepa, N.
Taepa, N. (2014) Mango Pae Whenua. [Exhibition] Massey University Albany campus (Auckland)
[Artwork]Authored by: Taepa, N.
Taepa, N. (2014, July 8). Tane Pupuke. (No. of Pieces: 7) [Earth oxides and paint on ply. Sizes variable]. Page Blackie Gallery, Wellington, New Zealand. 8 July - 1 August 2014.
[Exhibition]Authored by: Taepa, N.
Taepa, N. (2013, April 20). Kaihono Ahua/ Vision Mixer. (No. of Pieces: 1 - Hierarchical Scale #2 2011) [Automotive paint and gold leaf on custom board]. Nelson, The Suter Art Gallery Te Aratoi o Whakatu 20 April - 30 June 2013.
[Exhibition]Authored by: Taepa, N.Contributed to by: Taepa, N.
Taepa, N. (2013, May 12). Not Just a Pretty Picture: Thermostats Final Exhibition ever. (No. of Pieces: 1) Thermostat Gallery, 155 the Square, Palmerston North.
[Exhibition]Authored by: Taepa, N.Contributed to by: Taepa, N.
Taepa,, N. (2013, August 8). Auckland Art Fair 2013, Page Blackie Gallery Exhibition. The Cloud, Queen's Wharf, Auckland City.
[Exhibition]Contributed to by: Taepa, N.
Taepa, N. (2013, May 28). Papa Tipu. (No. of Pieces: 10 artworks. 1 new work) [Wall relief sculpture, earth oxides on timber, 1100 x 1100mm]. Expressions Arts and Entertainment Centre, Upper Hutt, Aotearoa, New Zealand.
[Exhibition]Authored by: Taepa, N.Contributed to by: Taepa, N.
Taepa, N., & Borell, N. (2013, June 21). Te Atinga - 25 Years of Contemporary Maori Art. (No. of Pieces: 1) [Timber]. Auckland, Aotearoa, New Zealand: Mangere Arts Centre - Nga Tohu o Uenuku,.
[Exhibition]Authored by: Taepa, N.Contributed to by: Taepa, N.
Taepa, N. (2013, August 16). Call of Taranaki: Reo Karanga O Taranaki. [Tryptic. 3 wall relief painting each 1100mm x 1100mm x 30mm]. Puke Ariki Museum, New Plymouth, New Zealand.
[Exhibition]Authored by: Taepa, N.Contributed to by: Taepa, N.
Taepa, N. (2013, April 9). Kua Riro. (No. of Pieces: 8) [1100 x 1100 x 30mm, Oxides and paint on ply.]. Page Blackie Gallery, Wellington, Aotearoa, New Zealand.
[Exhibition]Authored by: Taepa, N.
Taepa, N., & MacGregor, H. (2013, May 10). The 5th Auckland Triennial. (No. of Pieces: Installation) [Fiber Glass, Cardboard, Acrylic Paint, Cable]. Auckland Art Gallery.
[Exhibition]Authored by: Taepa, N.Contributed to by: Taepa, N.
Macgregor, H., Te Ratana, S., & Taepa, N. (2013, May 10). Ka Kata te Po. (No. of Pieces: 1) [Cardboard, Fiberglass, automative paint]. [Collaborative installation] in the 5th Auckland triennial, 'If you were to live here...' Auckland Art Gallery, Auckland, New Zealand.
[Exhibition]Authored by: Macgregor, H., Taepa, N.
Taepa, N. (2012) Mango Roa. [Exhibition] Page Blackie Gallery
[Artwork]Authored by: Taepa, N.
Taepa, N. (2012, July 17). 2012. (No. of Pieces: 1) [Print]. Wellington, Aotearoa, New Zealand: Page Balckie Gallery.
[Exhibition]Authored by: Taepa, N.Contributed to by: Taepa, N.
Taepa, N. (2012, July 18). Putahi i Tahiti. [Tryptic, Acrylic and gold leaf on timber, 3 at 400 x 600mm]. Centre des Metiers d'Art of French Polynesia.
[Exhibition]Authored by: Taepa, N.Contributed to by: Taepa, N.
Taepa, N. (2012, February 11). Whakarongo. (No. of Pieces: 1) [Painting]. Tauranga, Aotearoa, New Zealand: Tauranga Art Gallery.
[Exhibition]Authored by: Taepa, N.Contributed to by: Taepa, N.
Taepa, N. (2011, October 6). Maori Market 2011. (No. of Pieces: 3) Te Rauparaha Arena.
[Exhibition]Authored by: Taepa, N.
Taepa, N. (2011, November 7). Colour, Value and Perspective. Page Blackie Gallery, 42 Victoria Street, Wellington, New Zealand..
[Exhibition]Authored by: Taepa, N.
Taepa, N. (2011, October 1). Tane. Thermostat Gallery.
[Exhibition]Authored by: Taepa, N.
Taepa, N. (2011, January 29). Wrestling with Spirits. Hastings City Art Gallery.
[Exhibition]Authored by: Taepa, N.
Taepa, N., Te Ratana, S, ., & Macgregor, H, . (2011, June 3). Ka Kata Te Po. Te Manawa Art Gallery.
[Exhibition]Authored by: Taepa, N.
Taepa, N. (2011, April 10). Creative Haweke's Bay Invitational 2011. Hastings City Art Gallery.
[Exhibition]Authored by: Taepa, N.
Taepa, N. (2010). Te Hatete o Te Reo. Wellington, New Zealand.
[Exhibition]Authored by: Taepa, N.
Taepa, N., Te Ratana, S., & MacGregor, H. (2010, May 29). Tu Te Manu ora i te Rangi. (No. of Pieces: 3) Pataka Museum of Arts and Cultures, Wellington.
[Exhibition]Authored by: Taepa, N.
Taepa, N. (2009, September 3). Kawakawa. The Mangere Arts Centre, Mangere, New Zealand.
[Exhibition]Authored by: Taepa, N.
Taepa, N. (2009, October 7). Mua ki Muri: Intergenerated Creativity. Pataka Museum of Arts and Cultures, Wellington, New Zealand.
[Exhibition]Authored by: Taepa, N.
Taepa, N. (2009, March 15). Plastic Maori. The New Dowse, Wellington, New Zealand.
[Exhibition]Authored by: Taepa, N.
Taepa, N. (2009, October 9). Maori Art Market 2009. Te Rauparaha Events Centre, Wellington, New Zealand.
[Exhibition]Authored by: Taepa, N.
Taepa, N. (2009, May 1). Auckland Art Fair 2009. Mangere Events Centre, Auckland, New Zealand.
[Exhibition]Authored by: Taepa, N.
Taepa, N. (2009). Te pitau a tiki. Wellington, New Zealand.
[Exhibition]Authored by: Taepa, N.
Taepa, N. (2008). Tanenuiarangi [Artefact]. : Iplex Pipelines NZ LTD, 67 Malden Street, Palmerston North
[Artefact]Authored by: Taepa, N.
Taepa, N. (2008, July 30). Melbourne Art Fair 2008. Royal Exhibition Building, Melbourne, Australia.
[Exhibition]Authored by: Taepa, N.
Taepa, N. (2008). Manawarangi. Wellington, New Zealand.
[Exhibition]Authored by: Taepa, N.
Te Ratana, S., MacGregor, H., & Taepa, N. (2008). Tu te manu ora i te rangi. Thermostat Art Gallery, Palmerston North, NZ.
[Exhibition]Authored by: Taepa, N.
Jahnke, RH., & Taepa, N. (2008, January 24). Te Tataitanga / Bind Together: Contemporary art of New Zealand. Southwest School of Art and Craft, San Antonio, TX.
[Exhibition]Authored by: Taepa, N.
Taepa, N. (2007, February 11). He rau kawakawa: Te wai tai, te wao tu. City Gallery, Wellington, New Zealand.
[Exhibition]Authored by: Taepa, N.
Taepa, N. (2007, February 11). Telecom Prospect 2007:New Art New Zealand. (No. of Pieces: 2)
[Exhibition]Authored by: Taepa, N.
Taepa, N. (2007, April 27). Ae AM. Tinakori Gallery, Wellington, New Zealand.
[Exhibition]Authored by: Taepa, N.
Taepa, N. (2007, April 26). Maori Market 2007. TSB Bank Arena, Wellington, New Zealand.
[Exhibition]Authored by: Taepa, N.
Taepa, N. (2007). Haeata. Wellington, New Zealand.
[Exhibition]Authored by: Taepa, N.
Taepa, N. (2007). Tiaki, Tere, Rere. : New Zealand Post
[Design]Authored by: Taepa, N.
Birch, I., Taepa, K., Te Hira, A., Taepa, N., Waipouri, F., & Arapere, R. (2007, July 20). Cut it out. Thermostat Art Gallery, Palmerston North, New Zealand.
[Exhibition]Authored by: Birch, I., Taepa, N.
Taepa, N. (2007, May 18). Auckland Art Fair 2007. Marine Events Centre, Viaduct Harbour, Auckland, New Zealand.
[Exhibition]Authored by: Taepa, N.
Taepa, N., & Macgregor, H. (2006). Mihi Vision Talking. Tinakori Gallery, Wellington, New Zealand (8 Mar - 13 Mar).
[Exhibition]Authored by: Taepa, N.
Taepa, N. (2006, June 15). Catalogue 2006. (No. of Pieces: 1) Tinakori Gallery.
[Exhibition]Authored by: Taepa, N.
Taepa, N., & Jahnke, R. (2006). Mana Tamariki, Wharenui Project, 2006. [Artefact]. : Te Kohanga Reo + Kura Kaupapa Maori o Mana Tamariki, 165 Grey Street, Palmerston North.
[Artefact]Authored by: Taepa, N.
Taepa, N. (2006). He rau kawakawa. Tinakori Gallery, Wellington, New Zealand.
[Exhibition]Authored by: Taepa, N.
Taepa, N. (2006, August 2). Melbourne Art Fair 2006. Royal Exhibition Building, Melbourne, VIC, Australia.
[Exhibition]Authored by: Birch, I., Taepa, N.
Taepa, N., & MacGregor, H. (2006, March 8). Mihi - Vision Talking. Tinakori Gallery, Wellington, NZ.
[Exhibition]Authored by: Taepa, N.
Taepa, N. (2005, April 8). Textual 2 in Manawa Taki the pulsing heart.. Michael Hirschfelg Gallery at City Gallery,.
[Exhibition]Authored by: Taepa, N.
Taepa, N. (2005, January 10). Te Mata a Ratou mā in Ngaru Rua. Scott Ormond Gallery,.
[Exhibition]Authored by: Taepa, N.
Taepa, N. (2005, April 8). RaHui: Principle of regulation.. Te Manawa Art Gallery,.
[Exhibition]Authored by: Taepa, N.
Taepa, N. (2005, July 19). Textual, 2004 in Tikitiki: An exploration of the tiki image.. The Lane Gallery,.
[Exhibition]Authored by: Taepa, N.
Taepa, N. (2005, August 11). Ngā Kaawai O Te Koopu in Apiti. Tinakori Gallery,.
[Exhibition]Authored by: Taepa, N.
Taepa, N. (2004, July 31). Tena korua in kia kaha.. Te Aute College,.
[Exhibition]Authored by: Taepa, N.
Taepa, N. (2004, December 18). Te Maia in Te Maia Exhibition of Maori and International Indigenous Art.. Hawke's Bay Exhibition Centre,.
[Exhibition]Authored by: Taepa, N.
Taepa, N. (2004, February 12). Textual in He Rere Kee - Taking Flight exhibition. Tinakori Gallery.
[Exhibition]Authored by: Taepa, N.
Taepa, N. (2003, August 1). Ngataiharuru Taepa. Te Wa Gallery,.
[Exhibition]Authored by: Taepa, N.
Taepa, N. (2003, January 19). Untitled in Kura Kura Toi Maori.. Recreation Centre, Christchuch Polytechnic and Institute of Technology,.
[Exhibition]Authored by: Taepa, N.
Taepa, N. (2003, September 20). Heke iho series in Kiwa: Pacific connections Maori art from Aotearoa.. Spirit Wrestler Gallery,.
[Exhibition]Authored by: Taepa, N.
Taepa, N. (2002). Taharora Marae project [Artefact]. : Palmerston North, NZ
[Artefact]Authored by: Taepa, N.
Taepa, N. (2002, December 15). Mangopare. Pataka Blue Pacific Gallery,.
[Exhibition]Authored by: Taepa, N.
Taepa, N. (2000, March 5). Rongoa, Mua, Kaiarahi, Tiaki, Pumanawa, Pumanawa, in Fathers and sons. Pataka Porirua,.
[Exhibition]Authored by: Taepa, N.
Taepa, N.Luanne Bond & Shane Cotton Commission. [Artefact]. : 81 Te Aweawe st, Palmerston North
[Artefact]Authored by: Taepa, N.

Thesis

Te Whaiti, R. (2014). Revealing Wānanga Through Paint and Portraiture. (Master's Thesis, Master of Māori Visual Arts, Te Pūtahi-a-Toi, Massey University, Palmerston North). Supervised by Associate Professor Ngatai Taepa and Professor Robert Jahnke)
[Masters Thesis]Authored by: Te Whaiti, R.Edited by: Jahnke, R., Taepa, N.

Conference

Taepa, N.ToiohoXX 20years of Maori Visual Art 2015. . Te Manawa Museum, Palmerston North; The White Room Gallery, Palmerston North; Square Edge Creative Arts Centre, Palmerston North
[Conference Other]Authored by: Taepa, N.Contributed to by: Taepa, N.

Other

Taepa, N. (2016, October). Ngataiharuru and Wi Taepa, a floor talk preceding the opeing of four new exhibitions, Pataka Gallery, Porirua October 2016.
[Oral Presentation]Authored by: Taepa, N.Contributed to by: Taepa, N.
Taepa, N. (2016). Kuratini Marae development.
[Other]Authored by: Taepa, N.Contributed to by: Taepa, N.
Taepa, N., & Te Ratana, S. (2014, February). Saffronn Te Ratana in conversation with Ngataiharuru Taepa as they discusses her new installation Whakarongo ki te karanga on show in Five Māori Painters.. Presented at Auckland Art Gallery.
[Oral Presentation]Authored by: Taepa, N.Contributed to by: Taepa, N.
Birch, IT. (2013). Artist's talk for Kaihono Ahua Revisioning Contemporary New Zealand Art The 7th Suter Biennale. Curated by Anna Marie White, Suter Gallery. Nelson..
[Oral Presentation]Authored by: Birch, I.Contributed to by: Birch, I.Edited by: Jahnke, R., Taepa, N.
Taepa, N. (2013, October). How to build a career as an artist..
[Oral Presentation]Authored by: Taepa, N.Contributed to by: Taepa, N.
Taepa, N., Macgregor, H., Te Ratana, S., Iti, T., Tuiono, T., Kemara, T., . . . Signer, U. (2013, June). Ka Kata Te Po - Panel Discussion.
[Oral Presentation]Authored by: Taepa, N.Contributed to by: Taepa, N.
Jahnke, R., Birch, I., Hollis, R., & Taepa, N. (2013). Artist's talk for Kaihono Ahua Revisioning Contemporary New Zealand Art The 7th Suter Biennale. Curated by Anna Marie White, Suter Gallery. Nelson.. In Public gallery audience and friends of the gallery.
[Oral Presentation]Authored by: Birch, I., Jahnke, R., Taepa, N.Contributed to by: Jahnke, R.
Taepa, N. (2011, July). Ka Kata Te Po - Oral Presentation.
[Oral Presentation]Authored by: Taepa, N.
Taepa, N. (2005, May). Manawa Taki: The pulsing heart. : City Gallery Wellington,.
[Oral Presentation]Authored by: Taepa, N.

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