Te Hei Tiki

Te Hei Tiki

Exhibition Details

Hei tiki are treasured taonga and adornment items. Commonly called tiki, these objects are properly referred to as hei tiki: hei meaning to wear around the neck. Through time hei tiki have become an icon that is unique to Aotearoa New Zealand.

The exhibition Te Hei Tiki considers how over many generations hei tiki have captured moments and movements in Māori and New Zealand histories. Through hei tiki artists have related stories that are about taonga, relationships between people, place, art, collecting, peace, war, consumerism and cultural politics.

Te Hei Tiki will retell stories from oral and documented histories explaining how hei tiki were made and for whom. Hei tiki are highly valued taonga, not only for their materiality, but also for the connections they make across generations and the tribal histories they continue to evoke.

From the time of early encounters with explorers hei tiki have been of interest to Europeans; Captain Cook's artists depicted them and they quickly became sought after by explorers and collectors. Subsequent generations working within the western art tradition have represented hei tiki in a diverse range of media and from distinct perspectives. It will also consider the role of popular culture in our twenty-first century understanding of hei tiki.

Fundamental to the exhibition are the linkages between taonga, historic, modern and contemporary art. Te Hei Tiki will bring together works ranging from taonga to contemporary representations of hei tiki, Māori portraits by Gottfried Lindauer to a painted mural by Arnold Wilson. Sometimes contentious, frequently identity affirming the exhibition will explore the enduring history of hei tiki.

Date
Curated by
Ngahiraka Mason
Location
New Gallery
Cost
$5 - $7

Related Artworks

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Not on display

Inanga heitiki Y6521
Inanga heitiki Y6521

Fiona Pardington

Production date
2003
Medium
gelatin silver print
Size (h x w)
560 x 425 mm
Credit line
Chartwell Collection, Auckland Art Gallery Toi o Tāmaki, 2003
Accession no
C2003/1/24
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Not on display

Te Paea Hinerangi (Guide Sophia)
Te Paea Hinerangi (Guide Sophia)

Gottfried Lindauer

Production date
1896
Medium
oil on canvas
Size (h x w)
830 x 717 x 60 mm
Credit line
Auckland Art Gallery Toi o Tāmaki, gift of Mr H E Partridge, 1915
Accession no
1915/2/34
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Not on display

Pare Watene
Pare Watene

Gottfried Lindauer

Production date
1878
Medium
oil on canvas
Size (h x w)
1028 x 855 x 70 mm
Credit line
Auckland Art Gallery Toi o Tāmaki, gift of Mr H E Partridge, 1915
Accession no
1915/2/22
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Not on display

Harata Rewiri Tarapata
Harata Rewiri Tarapata

Charles F Goldie

Production date
1906
Medium
oil on canvas
Size (h x w)
590 x 475 mm
Credit line
Auckland Art Gallery Toi o Tāmaki, gift of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade, Wellington, 2002
Accession no
2002/11/1
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Not on display

Tiki With Chair Caning
Tiki With Chair Caning

Dick Frizzell

Production date
1992
Medium
oil on canvas, mounted on wood, rope
Size (h x w)
290 x 385 mm
Credit line
Chartwell Collection, Auckland Art Gallery Toi o Tāmaki, 1992
Accession no
C1994/1/383
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Not on display

Hei Tiki
Hei Tiki

Jacqueline Fraser

Production date
1993
Medium
electric wire and raffia cord
Size (h x w)
710 x 1410 mm
Credit line
Chartwell Collection, Auckland Art Gallery Toi o Tāmaki, 1993
Accession no
C1994/1/398.1-22
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Not on display

Mother and Child
Mother and Child

C Troughton Clark

Production date
Unknown
Medium
photograph
Size (h x w)
385 x 310 mm
Credit line
Auckland Art Gallery Toi o Tāmaki, purchased 1994
Accession no
1994/42/5
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Not on display

Mungakahu, Chief of Motupoi, and his wife Ko Mari
Mungakahu, Chief of Motupoi, and his wife Ko Mari

J W Giles George French Angas

Production date
Unknown
Medium
handcoloured lithograph
Size (h x w)
301 x 241 mm
Credit line
Auckland Art Gallery Toi o Tāmaki, purchased 1964
Accession no
1964/15/1
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Not on display

Kuinioroa, Daughter of Rangi Kopinga - Te Rangi Pikinga
Kuinioroa, Daughter of Rangi Kopinga - Te Rangi Pikinga

Gottfried Lindauer

Production date
Unknown
Medium
oil on canvas
Size (h x w)
762 x 660 x 50 mm
Credit line
Auckland Art Gallery Toi o Tāmaki, gift of Mr H E Partridge, 1915
Accession no
1915/2/19
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Not on display

Rangi Topeora
Rangi Topeora

Gottfried Lindauer

Production date
Unknown
Medium
oil on canvas
Size (h x w)
770 x 665 x 68 mm
Credit line
Auckland Art Gallery Toi o Tāmaki, gift of Mr H E Partridge, 1915
Accession no
1915/2/53
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Not on display

Artists' exhibition Te Kaha-nui-a-tiki District High School, Te Kaha. Dr Doug Sinclair demonstrates traditional drilling techniques. June 1973
Artists' exhibition Te Kaha-nui-a-tiki District High School, Te Kaha. Dr Doug Si...

John Miller

Production date
2001
Medium
gelatin silver print toned with gold
Size (h x w)
479 x 483 mm
Credit line
Auckland Art Gallery Toi o Tāmaki, purchased 2001
Accession no
2001/29/12
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Not on display

Heitiki 49406, Ngai Tahu
Heitiki 49406, Ngai Tahu

Fiona Pardington

Production date
2001
Medium
selenium-toned gelatin silver print
Size (h x w)
604 x 504 mm
Credit line
Auckland Art Gallery Toi o Tāmaki, purchased 2001
Accession no
2001/37/1
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On display

Te tu a te wahine
Te tu a te wahine

Arnold Manaaki Wilson

On display

Production date
1974
Medium
acrylic on hessian on chipboard
Size (h x w)
2430 x 1223 mm
Credit line
Auckland Art Gallery Toi o Tāmaki, on loan from St Stephen's and Queen Victoria Schools Trust Board
Accession no
L2010/12.1-2
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Not on display

Untitled
Untitled

Saffronn Te Ratana

Production date
2000
Medium
oil on board
Size (h x w)
800 x 200 x 65 mm
Credit line
Auckland Art Gallery Toi o Tāmaki, purchased with the assistance of Jean Horsley, 2000
Accession no
2000/16/1-2
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Not on display

Haora Tipa Koinaki
Haora Tipa Koinaki

Gottfried Lindauer

Production date
Unknown
Medium
oil on canvas
Size (h x w)
768 x 664 x 50 mm
Credit line
Auckland Art Gallery Toi o Tāmaki, gift of Mr H E Partridge, 1915
Accession no
1915/2/5