Eruera Te Whiti Nia

b. 1949d. 2016

Also known as:

  • Ted Nia

Eruera (Ted) Te Whiti Nia was an artist and filmmaker. He carried the name of his grandfather, Lieutenant Colonel Eruera Te Whiti Love – the first Māori to command the 28th Māori Battalion.

He was raised in both New Zealand and Rarotonga, and went to Ilam School of Fine Art at Canterbury University in the early 1970s. He specialised in photography and filmmaking as well as carving.

His films held at Ngā Taonga Sound & Vision include Te Atiawa o Runga te Rangi (1986) and Nga Tai o Makiri (1987). He was also an Associate Producer on Poi Ē: the story of our song (2016).

In 2009 Nia completed a Masters of Art and Design at AUT University, Auckland.

See also:

Eruera Te Whiti Nia (Ngāti Te Whiti), ‘Pouwhenua’ (1996), Thorndon Quay, Pipitea, Te Whanganui-a-Tara Wellington

Images: Bronwyn Holloway-Smith, Public Art Heritage Aotearoa New Zealand, 2022