Ralph Hotere Studio listing celebrated

Amidst the backdrop of misty rain, a cosy party gathered inside the former studio of artist Ralph Hotere to celebrate the recent Category 1 heritage listing of Hotere’s studio on the Rārangi Kōrero/New Zealand Heritage List.

Ralph Hotere's former studio with a big wooden gate and a sign that says
Ralph Hotere’s former studio in Kōpūtai/Port Chalmers. Photo: HNZPTexpand/collapse

Amidst the backdrop of misty rain, a cosy party gathered inside the former studio of artist Ralph Hotere to celebrate the recent Category 1 heritage listing of Hotere’s studio on the Rārangi Kōrero/New Zealand Heritage List.

The Otago/Southland team of Heritage New Zealand Pouhere Taonga co-hosted the small group, warmed by kai and good humour. There were around 20 guests including representatives from Te Rūnaka ō Ōtakou and Kāti Huirapa Rūnaka ki Puketeraki.

It was a very special evening. – Sarah Gallagher

Listing Advisor, Sarah Gallagher, authored the listing report, and helped organise the celebration.

“We opened with karakia. Our Board Chair, Marian Hobbs, and Director of our Southern Region, Christine Whybrew, spoke wonderfully. I read some of the quotes in the listing report from Ralph and his friends and concluded with a piece Andrea Hotere wrote as she was unable to be there. It was a very special evening.”

The building owner, and Hotere’s friend, Naomi Wilson, is working with Heritage New Zealand Pouhere Taonga on signing a covenant to protect the Hotere studio.

“I’m very pleased that Pouhere Taonga recognise the significance of the property for all of Aotearoa me Te Waipounamu” says Naomi. “I appreciate the research Sarah Gallagher put into the report, and the support of Ralph and my whanau and friends to reach this result.”

Rosemary Baird