Bob Koko



  • Whakairo


  • Wood


  • Pou/uprights (2): H2400 x W300 x D70mm. Pare/lintel: H490 x W3700mm

Bob Koko, ‘Untitled’ (1996), Student Union Building (Interior), University of Waikato, Kirikiriroa Hamilton

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


This entry way is carved from tōtara. Two uprights depict "Ngā Hau E Wha" (The Four Winds), with the figures depicting the four regions. The lintel represents whakapapa of man and woman beginning from Rangi and Papa. Also symbols for energy, tension, light, enlightenment and human welfare. The notches are whakapapa (lineage) symbols, and the spaces (usually open in this type of spiral) represent light coming into the world.

A plaque installed with the work depicts outlines of the two uprights & lintel pare and gives a key to its components:

"Two up-rights:
Either side represents:
The Four Winds / Ngā Hau E Wha
a) Te Tai Rāwhiti​​ (East Coast)
b) Te Waipounamu​ (South Island)
c) Te Tai Tokerau​​ (Northern Coast)
d) Te Tai Hauauru​​ (West Coast)

Lintel Pare:
e) Ngāti-Wairere
f) Ngāti-Haua
g) Name of building or Room
h) Takarangi

Whakapapa of man and woman beginning from Rangi and Pala. Also symbols for Energy, Tension, Light, Enlightenment and Human Welfare.
i) Manawa Ora
The notches are Generation and Whakapapa symbols. The spaces which are usually open in this type of spiral represent Light coming into this world.
j) Te Ao Mārama"