Taiāwhio II : Contemporary Māori Artists, 18 New Conversations

General Editor: Huhana Smith

Publication date: July 2007
NZ RRP (incl. GST): $49.99
Extent: 320pp
Illustrations: 200+ full-colour plates
Format: 210 x 297 mm
Binding: PB
ISBN: 978-0-909010-09-6

Out of Print

Taiāwhio: Conversations with Contemporary Māori Artists, now in its third reprint, has proven invaluable to art lovers, students, teachers, and those with a passion for New Zealand art.

This new volume profiles a fresh range of contemporary Māori artists:

  • Sandy Adsett (painter)

  • Nigel Borell (painter)

  • Cath Brown (weaver)

  • Chris Bryant (sculptor)

  • Paerau Corneal (claywork)

  • Shane Cotton (painter)

  • Brett Graham (sculptor)

  • Robert Jahnke (sculptor)

  • Rangi Kipa (carver)

  • Julie Kipa (ta moko practitioner, painter)

  • Reuban Paterson (painter)

  • Rachel Rakena (multi-media artist performance group)

  • Lisa Reihana (multi-media artist)

  • Ngatai Taepa (painter, sculptor)

  • Wi Taepa (claywork)

  • Colleen Waata Urlich (claywork)

  • Tina Wirihana (weaver)

  • Atamira Dance Company

Each profile contains pages of information and quotes from the artists so readers can learn, in the artists’ own words, about their influences and inspirations, work methods and practices. Numerous full-colour photographs accompany each chapter, depicting the artists at work and showing the range of their work and the environment in which they create it.

Short biographies are given for each artist, and a general introduction by Huhana Smith provides context for the interviews and background information about contemporary Māori art.

These artists work across a wide range of media and forms of expression including weaving, painting, claywork, sculpture, carving, tā moko, Kaihanga Uku, multimedia, jewellery, and dance, making this book an excellent introduction to the dynamic world of contemporary visual culture in Aotearoa today.


‘A new book from Te Papa Press showcases the creative diversity of contemporary Māori art, from candy-coloured paintings to work with doubtless reference to ancestral past.’
– Diana Dekker, Indulgence (The Dominion Post), July 2007

Taiāwhio II places the reader as a bystander with the artists as they share their life and work. An invaluable tool of introduction for those wanting to explore New Zealand’s cultural art forms in the international context.’
– Andrew Panoho, Chrysalis Seed Arts, February 2008