John Bevan Ford



  • Sculpture


  • Stone
  • Harakeke (Flax)


  • H1140 x W980 x D860mm

John Bevan Ford (Ngāti Raukawa Ki Kapiti), ‘Kaitiaki’ (1993), Puke Ariki, Ngāmotu New Plymouth

Image: Bronwyn Holloway-Smith, Public Art Heritage Aotearoa New Zealand, 2021


Text from info panel on wall near the work:

"This work was completed during the Taranaki Arts Festival of 1993. It represents the union of Takarangi - son of Te Rangi Apiti Rua, the paramount rangatira (chieftain) of Puke Ariki pā - and his bride Raumahora from Taranaki iwi. A number of the decorative elements of the carving were inspired by taonga (treasures) held in Puke Ariki. 'This carving is for the chiefs, for the land, for the people here - both Māori and Pākehā - and for the arts of the people. The carving will have a caretaker role for Puke Ariki, like a guardian for the original people who were here and their decendants.' J. B. F., March 1993"

The piece is carved from Hinuera Stone, a volcanic stone found in the Waikato.