Legacy: The Art of Rangi Hetet and Erenora Puketapu-Hetet
26 Jun – 30 Oct 2016
"People are like weaving. They hold each other together." — Erenora Puketapu-Hetet
"As with our language, we need to maintain our traditional arts as well, otherwise they will be lost." — Rangi Hetet
Legacy shares the stories of two exceptional artists — Rangi Hetet (b. 1937) and Erenora Puketapu-Hetet (1941–2006) — and their creative partnership working as contemporary pioneers of Māori art.
As artistic collaborators and teachers together for more than 40 years, Rangi and Erenora were committed to the resurgence of customary Māori art forms. Working around the country, "they taught new generations of Māori to carve and weave. As master artists themselves, their artworks can be found throughout New Zealand and internationally in public and private collections. The exhibition is co-curated by Emma Bugden and Lillian Hetet.
Public artworks map
Rangi Hetet and Erenora Puketapu-Hetet led and completed many projects for public organisations and buildings, including marae, New Zealand’s Parliament, Wellington Museum, schools, city councils, hospitals, and government agencies.
We have created a map of locations in the Wellington area where work by Rangi and Erenora can easily be seen without having to make an appointment in advance. It includes works they personally created, and pieces designed by the couple and created under their direction by carvers and weavers they trained and encouraged to continue in the arts.
Visit Te Māori
The cultural centre Te Māori is located on the corner of Riverside Drive and Guthrie Street in Lower Hutt, near the meeting house at Waiwhetu. The centre houses two 60-foot canoe carved by Rangi Hetet and his team of Te Whanau Paneke carvers for the people of Hutt Valley and the Wellington region. Te Māori is open to the public from 1pm to 3pm during Legacy: entry is by koha.
Pouwhenua on Te Ara o Ngā Tūpuna Heritage Trail, Wellington
The original pouwhenua (marker pole) for this trail was designed by Rangi and carved under his direction by Sonny Davis; further pou were cast from this original. The pouwhenua are located at:
— Waitangi Lagoon (intersection of Cambridge and Kent Terraces on Courtney Place)
— Matairangi (Mt Victoria Lookout)
— Te Turanga a Kupe (Hector Street, Seatoun)
— Oruaiti Pā (Seatoun coastal track, above Breaker Bay)
— Te Mapunga Kainga (corner Reef Street and The Esplanade, Island Bay)
— Owhiro Terraces (Owhiro Bay Play Area, Happy Valley Road)
Hetet Art Website