Whiti Te Rā


Cliff Whiting



  • Mural


  • Customwood/MDF
  • Acrylic paint
  • Hardboard/HDF


  • H1220 x W2440 x D45mm

Cliff Whiting (Te Whānau-ā-Apanui, ONZ), ‘Whiti Te Ra’ (1960), Te Pūtahi-a-Toi School of Māori Studies, Massey University, Turitea Campus, Te Papa-i-oea Palmerston North

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


This mural is based on Te Rauparaha's haka, Ka Mate. The figures on the left of the mural depict the rows of haka perfromers. Tama-nui-te-rā, the life giving force, is depicted with personified light rays radiating outwards. The carving style is based on Te Whānau-ā-Apanui figures from Te Tairuku Pōtaka (1770-80) pātaka - sinuous bodies with upraised arms. The koru has been used as a basic design element to highlight movement in the figures.