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Te Puna: Māori Art from Te Tai Tokerau/Northland—Deidre Brown and Ngarino Ellis (Eds) (2007)

Te Puna documents customary and contemporary Maori art practice in the Te Tai Tokerau - Northland region.

Publication details

Brown, D. and N. Ellis (Eds.). Te Puna: Māori Art from Te Tai Tokerau/Northland. Auckland: Reed, 2007.

About the book

Te Puna brings together essays about the art of Te Tai Tokerau / Northland, including carving, painting, weaving, architecture, moko (tattoo) and waka building. It discusses how Northland Māori art was collected by museums and missionaries; and argues that Tai Tokerau was the cradle for contemporary Māori art.

Also included are shorter essays by leading art historians and curators highlighting artists from Tai Tokerau such as Ralph Hotere, Shane Cotton, Hekenuku Busby and Kura Te Waru Rewiri.
Shortlisted for Ngā Kupu Ora Māori Book of the decade, 2009.

Further information 

  • Out of print


This publication is part of the series Te Takarangi: Celebrating Māori publications - a sample list of 150 non-fiction books produced by a partnership between Royal Society Te Apārangi and Ngā Pae o te Māramatanga.