Māori Art History: Mana Taonga


Considers Maori visual art from arrival from the Pacific to the present day. Examines how artists critically negotiated current notions of identity in their work. Forms including moko, carving, weaving, architecture, film and contemporary art are explored through key ideas such as gender politics, patronage, and repatriation. Artists examined include Raharuhi Rukupo, Te Kooti, Pine Taiapa, Lisa Reihana and Ralph Hotere.

For full course information see the Digital Course Outline for ARTHIST 338.

Digital Course Outlines are refreshed in November for the following year. Digital Course Outlines for courses to be offered for the first time may be published slightly later.

Availability 2024

Not offered in 2024; planned for 2025


Coordinator(s) Associate Professor Ngarino Ellis

Recommended Reading

Borell, Nigel. Te Atinga- 25 Years of Contemporary Maori Art.

Neich, Roger. Carved Histories.

Mead, Hirini Moko. Te Toi Whakairo.

Pendergrast, Mick. Te Aho Tapu.

Tapsell, Paul. Pukaki.

Te Awekotuku, Ngahuia. Mau Moko.


Coursework + exam


ARTHIST 338: 15 points


At least 15 points from ANTHRO 207, HISTORY 252 and 15 points at Stage I in Art History or 15 points at Stage II in Art History and 60 points passed, or 30 points at Stage II in BGlobalSt courses


ARTHIST 102, 238