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Tue 3 Feb 2009, 5:00pm

Where: John Leech Gallery, Cnr Kitchener and Wellesley Sts, Auckland CBD

Restrictions: All Ages

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  • Admission: Free

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Just in time for Waitangi weekend, an important exhibition of historical and contemporary works celebrates the diversity and breadth of creativity inspired and/or created by Maori. Opening at John Leech Gallery Tuesday 3 February, Poutuu-te-rangi acknowledges the tenth Maori lunar month where the star Pou-tu-te-rangi (Altair) rises in the dawn of mid-February reaching it's apex due north in the dawn of mid-April. During this time of harvest, Poutu-te-rangi offers a collection of salient pieces spanning the last two hundred years.

One of the most significant examples in the show is a 19th Century carved wooden panel produced by Te Arawa's most revered tohunga whakairo, Wero Taroi. Wero was responsible for supervising a number of prominent carving projects within the Rotorua region, among them Hinemihi at Te Wairoa (1881) and Rangitihi at Te Taheke, Lake Rotoiti (1871-2). Possibly one of a pair, this piece is a stunning example of the Ngati Tarawhai style from Te Arawa, Rotorua. It is by far one of the most significant examples of this region currently held in a private collection.

Also on display is an exceptionally rare surviving fragment of a taurapa, possibly dating from the early 19th century and exhibited for the first time since being acquired by the gallery in 2008. Other notable artworks include a pair of elegant Lindauer paintings of Chief and Chieftainess Ngatai, a portrait of Atama Paprangi by C.F. Goldie, painting by Ralph Hotere, Colin McCahon and Shane Cotton as well as a selection of rare adzes, stone pounders and greenstone mere.

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John Leech Gallery
Poutuu-te-rangi 3 - 27 February 2009
Opening preview Tuesday 3 February, 5.00 - 7.00pm

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