Whanganui a Tara (Ngake and Whataitai); Whiting, Cliff; Circa 1990; 2002/8/1

Name/Title

Whanganui a Tara (Ngake and Whataitai)

About this object

Whanganui a Tara depicts the kaitiaki or guardians of Wellington harbour, Ngake and Whataitai (also pronounced Hataitai). In Maori legend the harbour was once a lake. Ngake was restless and wanted to escape into the open sea. He circled frantically around the lake and hurled himself at the rocks and smashed through to Raukawamoana (Cook Strait). Whataitai tried to escape too but he got stuck and his body formed the isthmus between the former island of Motu Kairanga and the western side of the harbour (where the Wellington airport is now).

Maker

Whiting, Cliff

Maker Role

Artist

Date Made

Circa 1990

Medium and Materials

Customwood, wood and acrylic paint

Place Made

New Zealand

Collection

TheNewDowse Permanent Collection

Credit Line

Collection of TheNewDowse, Gift of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade, Wellington 2002

Object Type

Sculpture

Object number

2002/8/1

Copyright Licence  

All rights reserved

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Tags
blue
Cliff Whiting
dimensions
harbour
wood

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