Title unknown [two horizontal panels]


Hōne Te Kāuru Taiapa



  • Carving
  • Whakairo


  • Paua shell
  • Wood


  • 2 panels, each: H600 x W3030 x D50mm

Hōne Taiapa (Ngāti Porou), title unknown (n.d.) [2 horizontal panels, shown in lobby], Rydges Rotorua, Whakarewarewa, Rotorua

Image: Kent Breeze, Rydges Rotorua, 2023.


These two carved panels were originally commissioned for the Heritage Park Hotel. The site has since changed hands several times, and as of September 2022, is the Rydges Hotel.

The panels were originally located in a hallway, but have recently been moved to the lobby (when our photograph was taken the works were mounted behind the main reception).

Horizontal panels are paired with a further 7 vertical panels in hallway.

The date of the work is unknown though we do know the building was completed in the 1960s.