Niho Taniwha


Paratene Matchitt



  • Mural


  • Paint
  • Acoustic Tile


  • H2950 x W18,000mm

Paratene Matchitt (Te Whānau-ā-Apanui, Te Whakatōhea and Ngāti Porou), ‘Niho Taniwha’ (1965), Sacred Heart Girls’ College, Kirikiriroa Hamilton

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


An abstract frieze mural spanning the width of the back wall of the hall. Painted in black, a range of browns through to tan and a saturated yellow, the pattern is evocative of the tāniko and tukutuku pattern of the same name.

Four Pou were created by Paratene Matchitt at the same time and are located at the opposite end of the hall: two on each side of the stage.

Conditions of access:

This work is only accessible during school hours and on application to the school office. Contact details for Sacred Heart Girls' College can be found here.