Kai a te Rangatira


Arnold Manaaki Wilson



  • Wall Mounted Sculpture


  • Paint
  • Wood


  • H2740 x W9650 x D65mm

Arnold Manaaki Wilson (Ngāi Tuhoe, Ngāti Tarawhai), ‘Kai a te Rangatira’ (1990), Archives New Zealand Rua Mahara o te Kāwanatanga, Te Whanganui-a-Tara Wellington

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


Information panel at Archives reads:

“Arnold Wilson (b.1928)
Ngāi Tuhoe, Ngāti Tarawhai

'Kai a te Rangatira'

'Kai a te Rangatira' represents the progression of an idea from discussion to recording. The works’ inspiration comes from the saying: "Tā te rangatira, tāna kai he kōrero" (speech is the food of a chief). The first of the three panels symbolises the formation of a concept or idea; the second panel the discussion of the idea; and the third panel the recording of the idea – in other words, how an archive or record is created. The continuous movement of forms suggests figures in discussion, and the figure to the right represents the scribe.”

Note: A line-art interpretation of the work is featured in ArchivesNZ branded stationary.