Fred Graham

Whiti Te Ra

Whiti Te Ra by Fred Graham

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Whiti Te Ra refers to Ka Mate Ka Mate the iconic Māori haka composed by legendary Ngati Toa Rangatira Te Rauparaha around 1820. The haka celebrates life over death and Te Rauparaha's lucky escape from death. It is said that Te Rauparaha was hidden in a kumara pit to avoid his enemies finding him, and when he emerged he was met by Te Whareangi, a very hairy man.

Ka mate, ka mate! ka ora! ka ora!

Ka mate! ka mate! ka ora! ka ora!

Tēnei te tangata pūhuruhuru

Nāna nei i tiki mai whakawhiti te rā

Ā, upane! ka upane!

Ā, upane, ka upane, whiti te ra!

Title
Whiti Te Ra
Artist/creator
Production date
1966
Medium
oil stick on board
Size (h x w)
550 x 1290 mm
Inscription
50gns
Credit line
Auckland Art Gallery Toi o Tāmaki, purchased 2008
Accession no
2008/20
Copyright
Copying restrictions apply
Department
New Zealand Art
Display status
On display

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