Ngataiharuru Taepa, Associate Professor (Te Atiawa and Te Arawa)

Ngataiharuru Taepa, Associate Professor (Te Atiawa and Te Arawa)

Kaihautu Toi Maori – Director of Maori Arts

Associate Professor Ngatai Taepa is one of New Zealand’s most significant and innovative contemporary Māori artists. Taepa has produced an impressive body of work that combines indigenous concepts with contemporary expression. He has fashioned a unique identity for himself in his exploration of the relevance of kōwhaiwhai painting today.

Taepa completed his Bachelor of Maori Visual Arts and his Masters in Maori Visual Arts at Massey, and lectured in the Bachelor of Maori Visual Arts programme until undertaking the role of Kaihautu Toi Maori - Director of Maori Arts.

The present chair of Te Atinga, Contemporary Visual Arts Committee of Toi Māori Aotearoa, Taepa is driving this influential committee into exciting indigenous international connections for the next generation of Māori Artists. In 2014 he was selected to travel to Monte Cassino in Italy as part of the 70th anniversary of the famous WWII battle there and in 2015 he was commissioned to create artwork for the WW1 Remembered: A Light and Sound Show for the opening of Pukeahu War Memorial Park, Wellington. Recently he has been commissioned by New Zealand Post to create a logo and a kōwhaiwhai designed stamp.

Taepa has exhibited extensively both nationally and internationally. His work is held in prestigious collections including Museum of New Zealand Te Papa Tongarewa and Auckland War Memorial Museum.

  • Expertise

    Maori visual culture, design - for commerce, community and culture.

  • Research Highlights

    Taepa, N. (2015) Commission to mark the 70th anniversary of the Battle of Monte Casino. New Zealand Defence Force, Head Office, Wellington.

    Taepa, N. (2015, June 14). Te Tini a Pitau - Ngataiharuru Taepa 12 years of Kowhaiwhai. Pataka Art Gallery, Porirua.

    Taepa, N., Tuffery, M., Hunter, S., Appierdo, R., & Stewart, G. (2015) WWI Remembered: A Light and Sound Show. Pukeahu National War Memorial Park, 41 Buckle St, Mt Cook, Wellington

    Taepa, N. (2015, August 16). Call of Taranaki: Reo Karanga O Taranaki. (No. of Pieces: 3). Puke Ariki.

    Taepa, N. (2015, May 26). Tipua. (No. of Pieces: 9). Page Blackie Gallery.

    Taepa, N. (2014) Buck Nin Legacy. Wananga o Aotearoa

  • Qualifications

    BMVA (Massey University)
    MMVA (Massey University)

  • Professional Affiliations

    Te Atinga, Contemporary Visual Arts Committee of Toi Māori Aotearoa (Chair)