Jacob Scott



  • Window(s)
  • Waharoa


  • Glass
  • Stainless steel


  • TBC

Jacob Scott (Ngāti Kahungunu, Te Arawa, Ngāti Raukawa), ‘Waharoa’ (1990), Auckland High Court, Tāmaki Makaurau Auckland, photographed in 2018.

Photographer: Sean McCabe for Ministry of Justice


Jacob Scott's sculpture welcomes visitors to the High Court. Each coloured glass panel expresses cultural significance through modern shapes that invoke traditional whakairo forms.

An information panel installed with the work reads:

“Artworks representing Tangata Whenua of this land – their Guardianship & Partnership.

The purple panel acknowledges the Ngāti Whātua people – their rights to Chieftainship over their lands, villages and all their treasures as described in the Treaty of Waitangi.

The green panel acknowledges the Tainui people's rights to Chieftainship & management of their iwi.

The red panel represents Māori People and their rights to their perspective.

The blue panel represents European as Tangata Whenua and acknowledges their responsibilities.

At another level the individual panels also represent every individual man and women their right to be themselves – to develop and maintain their own characters existing in reasonable co-operation and partnership with others and to accord other living things the same consideration.”