Hinerangi (Daughter of the Heavens); Darcy Nicholas, NZ; 1990; 1990.016


Hinerangi (Daughter of the Heavens)

About this object

Darcy Nicholas (Te Ati Awa, Ngāti Ruanui, Tauranga Moana) was brought up in Taranaki. After living briefly in Melbourne, he returned to New Zealand to paint full time. He has exhibited throughout New Zealand and overseas and is the General Manager the Pataka Museum of Arts and Culture in Porirua.

An international Stone Carving Symposium was held at Maungati in South Canterbury in February 1990 as part of the Aoraki Festival. The sculptures that resulted from this event were gifted to the nation and the Aigantighe Garden was chosen by the sculptors as their permanent site.

Hinerangi (Daughter of the Heavens) is a symbol of life and its constant changeability. Nicholas wanted to challenge this process buy creating something that would be permanent; a timeless reminder of his experience at the Stone Carving Symposium. The child held by Hinerangi signifies the future and the children yet to be born.
This is the guardian sculpture of the Aigantighe’s international sculpture garden.


Darcy Nicholas, NZ

Date Made


Medium and Materials

Mount Somers Stone


240 x 326 cm


Aigantighe Art Gallery Collection

Credit Line

Gifted by the artist in 1990.

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Hinerangi 11 Aug 2010 05:10 AM,UTC

It is wonderful to have this name Hinerangi. I have always been proud to have such a beautiful name and greatful to my mother. I am named after two of her closes friends, Hine and Rangi who are both women of the world, who have both shared there heart ache and troubles of this world, but have never lost their essenses, their intergity and humility, it always stays.
HINERANGI, Daughter of the Heavens, Absolutely beautiful.

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