John Pule: Hauaga (Arrivals)

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John Pule, Niniko lalolagi/Dazzling World, 2004, oil and ink on canvas, private collection


View work by the renowned contemporary Pacific artist, writer and poet John Pule.

The Gallery is the final venue in a nationwide tour, arranged by City Gallery Wellington, which brings some of Pule's major works back to his hometown.

Niuean-born Pule grew up and lives in Auckland. The exhibition surveys his career from one of its key turning points, in 1991, when he travelled back to Niue and reconnected with its traditional art of hiapo (barkcloth painting). The exhibition is curated by Gregory O'Brien and Aaron Lister.

A highlight of the exhibition is the inclusion of some of Pule's strongest works on paper, which include both image and text. These show Pule's equivalent strengths as a poet and painter, asking to be read as well as viewed.

His work has been included in exhibitions in Europe, America, Asia and Australia. Major collections are held at the Queensland Art Gallery and as far afield as the National Gallery of Scotland. In 2004, Pule was honoured with the prestigious Laureate Award from the Arts Foundation of New Zealand.

Since the mid-1980s, John Pule has explored performance, poetry, literature and painting, all drawing upon his Niuean culture but placed within a contemporary context. Today he is a prominent cultural figure within New Zealand and the Asia Pacific region, and plays a pivotal role in the presentation of contemporary Pacific culture.


17 December 2011 - 25 March 2012
Level 2
Free entry

A City Gallery Wellington Te Whare Toi touring exhibition

City Gallery Wellington

City Gallery Wellington is managed by the Wellington Museums Trust with major funding support from the Wellington City Council.


National touring sponsor

Ernst & Young


Supported by

Creative New Zealand

View the listing for the Voyager Maritime Museum exhibition Kermadec, which contains artwork by John Pule, in our Neighbourhood events section.

Image: John Pule, Niniko lalolagi/Dazzling World, 2004, oil and ink on canvas, private collection



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Date & Time

Saturday 17 December 2011 - Sunday 25 March Daily


Level 2


  • Wheelchair access available
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