Michael Parekowhai

Kapa Haka (Pakaka)

Kapa Haka (Pakaka) by Michael Parekowhai

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Pakaka is modelled on the artist’s tuakana (older brother) Paratene, a security guard and a very large person in real life. This stereotype of the Māori male, can be linked to after-dark bars, clubs and large events that need crowd control. In the gallery context this work suggests that Pakaka has the power to deny or offer protection... but against what and whom? The title adds to this uncertainty because ‘kapa haka’ is a contemporary term associated with a positive assertion of Māori identity and culture. (Te Moananui a Kiwa, 2005)

Kapa Haka (Pakaka)
Production date
automotive paint on fibreglass
1900 x 600 x 500 mm
Credit line
Auckland Art Gallery Toi o Tāmaki, gift of the Patrons of the Auckland Art Gallery, 2004
Accession no
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New Zealand Art
Display status
Not on display

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