Studio of Ralph Hotere (Former)

2 Aurora Terrace, Port Chalmers, Dunedin

  • Studio of Ralph Hotere (Former), Port Chalmers.
    Copyright: Heritage New Zealand. Taken By: S Gallagher. Date: 4/09/2019.

List Entry Information

List Entry Status Listed List Entry Type Historic Place Category 1 Public Access Private/No Public Access
List Number 9762 Date Entered 14th April 2022 Date of Effect 9th May 2022


Extent of List Entry

Extent includes the land described as Pt Sec 144 TN of Port Chalmers (RT 226/227), Otago Land District and the building associated with Ralph Hotere, the flagpole and street-fronting fence, Upper Port Chalmers sign and gate thereon, and the chattels, sculpture by Chris Booth and sculpture by Marté Szirmay. (Refer to map in Appendix 1 of the List entry report for further information).

City/District Council

Dunedin City


Otago Region

Legal description

Pt Sec 144 TN of Port Chalmers (RT 226/227), Otago Land District


Situated on the vestigial stump of Oputae / Observation Point in Kōpūtai / Port Chalmers, the Studio of Ralph Hotere (Former) is the last remaining house on Aurora Terrace near the Flagstaff (List No. 2319) on the slope overlooking the awa Ōtākou / Otago Harbour and Muaupoko/ Otago Peninsula. The property is situated south of and adjacent to the Hotere Garden Oputae and was the first studio he owned and is the only surviving building that embodies him and his work.

Both iwi history and archaeological evidence show Māori occupation in the Ōtākou / Otago region since the 12th century. Early Kōpūtai was a small settlement recorded as abandoned in the 1840s. Following the settlement it continued to be a tauraka waka within the awa Ōtākou / Otago Habour, an ara tawhito and provider of abundant resources. Kōpūtai was the location of the signing of the Otago Deed between representatives of the New Zealand Company and 25 chiefs on 31 July 1844. Today, Kōpūtai is an acknowledged Wāhi tapu area. The simple square cottage on Aurora terrace was built in 1876 by William John Putnam an engineer and foreman stevedore for the New Zealand Shipping Company.

For a century the cottage was home to several watersider families. During this time the cottage received few recorded alterations or additions. The cottage is a typical square plan four room cottage, built of rusticated weatherboard with a hipped corrugated iron roof, lean-to veranda on plain posts and a central door flanked by double-hung sash windows. Early photographs show it was unadorned. Internally the ceilings were board and batten and the walls lined with vertical tongue and groove. The ground level comprised four rooms, two of which were separated by a chimney, and two bedrooms. Downstairs was galley kitchen with coal range and external door leading to the garden.

Hone Papita Raukura (Ralph) Hotere purchased the property in 1970 as his first studio and altered the interior significantly, pulling down several internal walls to create a larger working space on the upper level, adding windows, and a kitchen annex downstairs. Evidence of his style and craftsmanship can be seen throughout the house in painted windows, handmade stairs and shelves, and kitchen built from recycled timber. The imposing entrance gate which he designed, built of carefully composed recycled items, still stands. The studio has been a place of companionship and creative communion for many of New Zealand’s most notable artists, writers, and creatives. The studio is in the same layout it was when Hotere sold it to his very good friend Naomi Wilson in 1984. The cottage has been exquisitely maintained with additions and enhancements made in harmony with Hotere’s ethos of ‘making do’ with what is available.

The atmosphere of the building provokes a strong emotional response and is a particularly important place for the wider Hotere whānau. Many significant artworks were conceived or created in this space. Hotere was widely considered New Zealand’s greatest living artist before his death in 2013, his work resides in significant private, national, and international collections. Known particularly for his use of black, he was a master of darkness creating powerful poetic pieces threaded with symbolism and historic references, imbued with uncompromising emotion; grief, loss, remembrance, and outrage - strong feelings founded in a deep love of people and place. The studio is an intimate insight into his life, his generosity of spirit for his friends, respect for the materials he worked with, and as a space he manipulated and embellished where he could conceive and create his work. The studio resonates with its outstanding aesthetic, historic, and cultural values and has special social significance. The studio remains a powerful symbol of the historically and artistically significant work he created while living in Port Chalmers.

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Historical Significance or Value

The former Studio of Ralph Hotere has outstanding historical significance as a base and workspace of one of New Zealand’s most significant artists. The historic importance of this place is particularly special because of the environmental and political events that occurred locally and nationally. Hotere and friends responded to the reduction of Observation Point, the proposal for an aluminium smelter at Aramoana, but also commented on some of New Zealand’s most significant contemporary issues including apartheid, the NZ Springbok tour, the bombing of the Rainbow Warrior, and nuclear activity in the Pacific.

Aesthetic Significance or Value

The former studio of Ralph Hotere has outstanding aesthetic value. The former studio of Ralph Hotere has special aesthetic significance as an example of a 19th century cottage with its space reimagined and reworked to suit his mode and methods of working. Like being inside an artwork of Hotere’s, it embodies his philosophy of using what was available, providing recycled materials with an alternate life, transforming them into things both beautiful and useable. His practice of making something for practical purposes at times blends indistinguishably with his artwork. For example, the modified entrance door with a piece of Hotere’s stained glass art, the blue window in the lounge, the ☧ Chi Rho window and kitchen ceiling we see his artistic methods, symbols, and even his own signature. The piece of stained glass and steel inserted in the front door, bookshelves in the lounge made from the remains of the Poitrel that created Black Phoenix 1 (1984), the stairs from Brickell’s workbench, the reclaimed fretwork that decorates the study window, the painted windows, and decorated doors. The additions and renovations made over the years have been constructed to protect and to embrace the ethos of Hotere’s style. Hotere’s work is known for its play of light and dark, and this can be sensed in the spaces he has both opened and enclosed in the house. His wairua permeates the fabric of the house, the elements he created, those he worked on with friends, and it fills its spaces with a calm warmth. Images of him both in the house and outside beside the gate he created have been immortalised in photographs by Marti Friedlander.

Cultural Significance or Value

The former studio of Ralph Hotere has outstanding cultural significance. For Hotere this was reworked and recreated as a space to work in and has been described by friends and commentators as integral to his ability to produce art. For Dunedin’s artistic community this place was one of creative communion with other artists, writers, and creatives. Like the symbiotic relationship between Ralph, his place of work and the work itself, his relationships with other creatives, and his generosity with the studio, supported and fed the work of each individual creative across their own media. This place is symbolic of artists’ needs for networks, connections, time, and space in which to create, grow and thrive, it is a place resonant with his wairua and mana.

Social Significance or Value

The former studio of Ralph Hotere has special social significance. A beloved member of the Port Chalmers community who was respected nationally and internationally, Hotere’s memory and work remain deeply entrenched in this place and the wider Port Chalmers area. Hotere Garden Oputae which is immediately next door secures this locale as Hotere’s patch. Naomi’s continued care and guardianship of this place in memory of Hotere while it is her own home. Hotere’s ethos and influence lives on in the additions to the house and grounds. The future of the building has been considered as worthy of being kept in a Trust as a residence for artists, as Hotere wished.

It is considered that this place qualifies as a Category 1 historic place. It was assessed against all criteria, and found to qualify under the following: b, d, e, f, and g.

(b) The association of the place with events, persons, or ideas of importance in New Zealand history

This place is significant as the first studio owned by Ralph Hotere in Dunedin who is considered one of Aotearoa New Zealand’s most important and influential artists. Hotere challenged local, national, and international issues involving racism, environmental damage, and war through his art, many of his early important pieces were created or imagined here. Hotere preferred to let his art do the talking/ speak for itself. His oeuvre has helped define modern New Zealand art, and he has inspired new generations of Māori artists.

(d) The importance of the place to tangata whenua

This place has significance to tangata whenua across Aotearoa New Zealand and particularly to Ōtākou paptiu rūnaka in their role as mana whenua, the Hotere whānau, and Māori arts and culture practitioners, and curators across the motu. These tangata whenua have a variety of associations with this place. At Hotere’s mass in Dunedin, Tahu Potiki of Ōtākou performed a poroporaki and acknowledge Hotere’s role in restoring many of the traditional names associated with Otago Habour through his work which highlighted environmental threats to the whenua. The Hotere whanau have association with the place through memories of Hotere’s long association with the studio and their connection with his mana and wairua that are embodied in this place. Andrea Hotere has specific childhood memories of this place and was the nominator of the listing and the whānau have a close relationship with the owner. Māori arts and cultural practitioners who either worked directly with Hotere, or who as artists were recipients of his whanaungatanga and manaakitanga in the development of their own arts practice. Māori curators have provided evidence of the important influence Hotere has had and continues to have on Māori creatives, and how Hotere’s work has influenced the international arts community and New Zealand culture. Māori creatives as well as those of other ethnicities formed a community with Hotere, this place is symbolic of those relationships and the developing arts scene in Dunedin. Hotere’s influence has been celebrated by Māori creatives and curators in documentaries, film and articles and interviews. On a national level Hotere was recognised with several prestigious awards including the Te Taumata Award from Te Waka Toi in 2007.

(e) The community association with, or public esteem for the place

As a significant person in the community of Port Chalmers, Hotere’s studio is important to the Port Chalmers community and the wider artistic community. It was a place of creative communion and fellowship, which Hotere made available for many artists and creatives to use. Oputae / Observation Point was a place of protest concerning the reduction of the headland as well as against the proposed smelter at Aramoana. Members of the community have indicated a desire to preserve the studio as an artist’s residence.

(f) The potential of the place for public education

While this place is still a private residence this place would have great potential as a place of public education should it be available as an artist’s residence or museum. Hotere’s work ethos, his use and reuse of materials as well as his working relationships with other artists, writers and creatives could be celebrated here.

(g) The technical accomplishment, value, or design of the place

This place was built as a home in the 19th century but was heavily modified by Hotere to primarily be a studio in which to work. With walls removed and windows inserted to flood the house with light, decorative recycled features and embellishments applied, it is a place of warmth and beauty. This place embodies Hotere’s ethos of ‘making do’ with what is available and provides insight into his personal way of living and being where life and art were intertwined.

Summary of Significance or Values

The Studio of Ralph Hotere is a place of outstanding aesthetic, cultural and historic significance. From this place Hotere created many of his most significant early works and developed enduring friendships and connections with other leading artists and writers in Dunedin that often resulted in artworks combining both his and others work. Hotere’s work spoke to issues of social justice and environmental issues at the local, national, and international level and he remains one of Aotearoa New Zealand’s most significant artists. His work resides in significant private, national, and international collections. The studio has been a place of companionship and creative communion for many of New Zealand’s notable artists, writers and creatives including: Cilla McQueen, Barry Brickell, Bill Manhire, Bill and Pip Culbert, Chris Booth, Hone Tuwhare, Ian Wedde, Marilyn Webb, Marti Friedander, Maureen Hitchings. The studio was modified by Hotere to create a space he was comfortable working in, that was beautiful, and embodies his ethos of ‘making do’ with materials found and repurposed. It remains a powerful symbol of the historically and artistically significant work Hotere created while living in Port Chalmers. The studio is an intimate insight into his life, his generosity of spirit for his friends, his mentorship of artists, respect for the materials he worked with, and as a space he manipulated and embellished where he could conceive and create his work. The studio resonates with its outstanding aesthetic, historic, and cultural values. The studio has special social values as a place that has been and continues to be treasured and maintained by its owner who aspires to see it fulfil Hotere’s wishes as a space for artists in the future.


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Historical Narrative

Early history

Both iwi history and archaeological evidence show Māori occupation in the Ōtākou / Otago region since the 12th century. Tradition tells us the atua Tū-te-rākiwhanoa discovered the wrecked celestial waka of Aoraki (Te Waka o Aoraki / South Island) and carved out places for people to live, including Muaupoko / Otago Peninsular. In another telling, the atua Kahukura was believed to have shaped the Otago coastline, eaten out the harbour and thrown up the earth either side thus forming the western shore and the peninsula. Other traditions claim the taniwha Matamata carved out the harbour before crawling over the hills to the Taieri plains where he dug out the rivers and was transformed into Puke Makamaka / Saddle Hill. Today, Kāi Tahu mana whenua is recognised over a large part of Te Wai Pounamu. Kāti Māmoe and Waitaha shared occupation are always acknowledged. The hapū Kai Te Pahi, Kāti Moki, and Kāti Taoka still maintain their presence and responsibility as kaitiaki in this region. The harbour was shallow before Europeans arrived and provided abundant resources for hapū. Awa Ōtākou / Otago Habour was an ara tawhito for access to the north, south, and inland for access using waka hunua to tauraka waka where there were sites for mahika kai, nohoaka.

Edward Ellison’s submission to Otago Regional Council of 2011 details a significant number of named places indicating a vast knowledge as well as historic and continual use of the wider harbour area. The awa Ōtākou / Otago Habour was an ara tawhito for access to the north, south, and inland using waka hunua to tauraka waka to each mahika kai, and nohoaka. Kōputai was such a landing place from which hunting parties would venture to Kapukataumahaka / Mt Cargill to source weka.

Ōtākou on Muaupoko/ Otago Peninsula was historically, and continues to be, the main settlement in the area. In the 19th century there were additional small settlements on the other side of the harbour. These were mainly occupied by Taiaroa at Otaheiti, his son at Otawhero, and his cousin Kohi at Kōpūtai. Kōrero states Ōtākou warriors landed their waka here and named it after the high tide that stole away with their craft. Herries Beattie interprets Kōpūtai as, ‘filled up with the sea’ or ‘full tide’. He notes an elderly man told him about a tuaha (sacred altar), a taipo (haunted place) on the hill above the current site of Iona Church (List No. 7165). This may account for an earlier name for the place identified by Beattie as Potakere or Pou-takere. The settlement at Kōpūtai was recorded as abandoned in the 1840s. Oputae is a noted place on the New Edinburgh Purchase map from 1844. Other named places close to Kōpūtai are Koperekakahu, Te Ana o Te Makau, Te Waitohi, Rakiriri / Goat Island (List No. 7504) and Kamau Taurua / Quarantine Island (List No. 7503). Following the arrival of European sealers in the first decades of the 19th century saw Māori enter into trade with them, cultivating and supplying potatoes, flax, pigs and fresh water. Independently Māori traded with Sydney supplying dried and salted fish, port, and tītī. A successful whaling station was established at Te Umukurī / Wellers Rock by the Weller brothers, who married Ōtākou women and worked with local Māori.

Kōpūtai was included in a 16-mile² (41 km²) tract land that had previously been sold by Chief Taiaroa to Captain Pierre Darmandarits for £100 ($19, 470) on 18 May 1840. This purchase predated the signing of Te Tiriti o Waitangi at the Otago Heads on 13 June 1840 but post-dated Sir George Gipps proclamation in January 1840 which saw New Zealand fall under the jurisdiction of New South Wales. This made any land not acquired by the Crown or its appointees invalid and despite verifying the purchase and appealing, Darmandarits claim to the land failed. It also followed the 15 February 1840 sale of the South Island by a number of Chiefs to John Jones and William Wentworth. The signing of the Otago Deed between representatives of the New Zealand Company and 25 chiefs occurred at Kōpūtai on 31 July 1844 and saw the sale of a half million acres for £2,400 ($300,000) which included the site of the New Edinburgh Settlement, the site of Ōtepoti / Dunedin. During the 1879 Smith-Nairn Royal Commission of Inquiry into the Ngāi Tahu land claims, Ngāi Tahu kaumātua recorded Kōpūtai as a kāinga nohoanga, urupā, and wāhi tapu. Kōpūtai is the site of Ngā Whenua Rāhui, the Port Chalmers / Kōpūtai Native Reserve. However, the original site was never reserved, the land was used for other purposes, and the Crown was required to purchase an alternate site. A statutory acknowledgement exists for Te Tai o Arai Te Uru / Otago Coastal Marine Area of which Otago Harbour catchment / Te Riu o te Whāka o Otago, is a part. Ōtākou whanau continue to live at the kaik, and Ōtākou runaka hold multiple business interests in the area and wider Dunedin today.

European settlement

Following the sale of the Otago block, the move to settlement was swift. Charles Kettle, surveyor for the New Zealand Company, surveyed the new town of Dunedin at the head of the harbour in 1846. He was based at Kōpūtai which he designed as a seaport and while there made observations of the moon. The settlement saw the arrival of the first settlers who arrived on the John Wickliffe and Philip Laing in 1848 and was renamed Chalmers in after Thomas Chalmers, a leader in the Free Church of Scotland who had died the previous year. In 1860 the crew of HMS Acheron made the first detailed cartographic study of the harbour from Observation Point in 1860. Following the discovery of gold in 1861, Port Chalmers was flooded with settlers and sojourners seeking their fortunes, and the number of ships coming into port grew to the extent a signal station was required in 1864 and was erected on Observation Point / Flagstaff. Dredging of the harbour commenced in 1868 and has been carried out continuously since that time. In 1872 a private railway company constructed a line linking Dunedin and Port Chalmers. The Otago Harbour Board opened in 1881 and dredged the Victoria Channel from Port Chalmers to Dunedin. This opened a debate between Port Chalmers and the City as to who would have the main port. Today Port Chalmers remains a significant port and the township which is full of historic buildings, has a distinct character and identity.

The house at Aurora Terrace

In 1870 the site near the junction of Constitution Street and Aurora Terrace on Observation Point in Port Chalmers was undeveloped land in the possession of William John Putnam, an engineer. The house appears to have been constructed by Putnam in 1876. It was a square cottage of rusticated weatherboards with a door placed symmetrically between a pair of double sash windows. It had a hipped corrugated iron roof and lean-to verandah without brackets and with plain posts. It followed the typical square plan with living and kitchen on the left separated by a shared chimney and wall, and two bedrooms at the right. The house underwent few recorded alterations for close to a century.

William John Putnam (c. 1854-1926) was an engineer / stevedore, eventually becoming foreman stevedore with the New Zealand Shipping Company. Putnam was a Port Chalmers Councillor from 1886-1889 and was nominated for the Port Chalmers Licencing Committee in 1887. He was a member of the Loyal Prince of Wales Lodge, No. 5254, Port Chalmers. This Lodge was part of the Manchester Unity Independent Order of Oddfellows which was established at the Ropemakers Arms in Salford in 1809. This is worth noting as the Lodge appears in title documents for the property, presumably as a source of mortgage funds to subsequent owners, several of whom were watersiders.

Putnam sold the house in 1887-8 to Frank Juste, stevedore, who passed it to his wife Annie Juste in about 1900. Juste sold to Perry in 1905, Perry to Clifford and Clifford sold to the Prince of Wales Lodge in 1924. It was then passed to Charles Seale, the Dunedin City Council valuation book noting it was sold on 30 December 1909 to William Clifford. Thomas Porter, customs officer, owned the property from 1928 until 1948 when he sold to Frank Searle McDonald, watersider. McDonald owned it until it was transferred to his wife Ettie McDonald in April 1969 after his death. Ettie then sold to Hone Papita Raukura Hotere in December 1970.

Hone Papita Raukura Hotere

Hone Papita Raukura (Ralph) Hotere (1931-2013) is considered one of Aotearoa New Zealand’s greatest artists. He was born at Taikarawa, near Mitimiti, in the north of New Zealand, in 1931. He was the third-born son and eighth child of 15 born to Tangirau Kirihimete Hotere and Ana Maria Hotere. His hapu is Te Tao Maui and he affiliated to Te Aupouri, Te Rarawa and Ngāti Whatua ki Kaipara. The Hotere family lived modestly and self-sufficiently. Hotere’s father laboured and later ran cattle; his mother maintained a vegetable garden, looked after the family, and assisted at the church. Seafood was plentiful. Despite limited finances, Hotere’s parents provided a spiritually and emotionally rich environment, steeped in Māoritanga and with close links to the marae and Catholic church. Hotere was a quiet boy with a great sense of fun, and a good listener who paid attention when his father shared tikanga with him.

Following his schooling, Hotere studied at Auckland Teachers College which he completed in Dunedin as an arts specialist. He received a New Zealand Art Societies Fellowship which he used to study at the Central School of Art and Design in London from 1961. He left in 1962 to take up a residency at the Michael Karolyi Memorial Foundation in Vence, France which provided him with a more conducive physical environment to work in. On his return to New Zealand in 1965 he continued teaching until he was awarded the Frances Hodgkins Fellowship and returned to Dunedin in 1969 where he lived and produced a prodigious amount of work until his death in 2013. Hotere is credited with the genesis of the Māori art movement despite his ambivalence for labels, or interpretation and definitions of his work. He was a member of the New Zealand Māori Arts and Writers Association / Ngā Pua Waihunga, formed at Te Kaha in 1973, the oldest Māori arts group in New Zealand. He was the first artist of Māori descent to have been written into a history of New Zealand art by Pākeha. Hotere was the recipient of Queen Elizabeth II Arts Council grants in 1970 and 1978, and was bestowed with several significant honours including: a University of Otago Honorary Doctorate 1994, Arts Foundation of New Zealand Icon Award 2003, University of Auckland Honorary Doctorate 2005, Te Waka Toi ‘sTe Taumata Award recognising outstanding leadership and service to Māori arts and culture 2006. On 31 December 2011 he became a Member of the Order of New Zealand. At Hotere’s Requiem Mass, Minister Christopher Finlayson described him, saying,

‘Raukura refers to the most highly prized feathers and means ‘most precious’ – and we can certainly say that of Ralph’s legacy to New Zealand. He was named ‘Hone Papita’ in honour of Jean Baptiste Pompallier, New Zealand’s first Catholic bishop. Like his namesake, Ralph was a pioneer. A pioneer of contemporary art and a pioneer of new techniques and materials. And like his namesake, he was a man with a mission. Ralph certainly confirmed the pen and brush can be mightier than the sword. He used his creative gifts to confront issues such as social and political justice for Māori, threats to the environment, nuclear war, apartheid, racism – all of which he examined in his work. He felt compelled to speak through his work about the events and debates which continue to shape our nation and our place in the world.’ Later at Hotere’s tangi in Northland, Selwyn Muru (1937-) spoke of Hotere ‘as a tohunga whaikorero’, a great honour and a recognition of the oral legacy which linked Hotere via his father to the esoteric knowledge held by the elders of the Hokianga.

2 Aurora Terrace (1970-1984)

Hotere had a strong connection with Port Chalmers, living and working in the area for over 40 years and it was from this place that many of his most important works were created. The former studio at 2 Aurora Terrace was his first studio, purchased in December 1970 after completing the Frances Hodgkin’s Fellowship which provided him with use of the studio at 407 Castle Street. The second studio was the stables associated with Willowbank further along Aurora Terrace which were demolished in 1993. The third studio was in the former Bank of New Zealand (List No. 2317) on George Street in Port Chalmers. Hotere’s contemporary Katerina Mataira claims he came into his own in Dunedin, ‘he became really aware of himself as an individual, and his work began to develop a personality essentially its own.’ He created the spaces he required to work in. Cilla McQueen describes his daily visits to the new studio from their residence at 121 Forth Street in 1971,

‘He goes every day to the new studio at 2 Aurora Terrace, Port Chalmers, on the hill below Bully Hayes’ flagpole. There are four small rooms upstairs; downstairs a low-ceilinged kitchen. He’s fixing up the kitchen and rickety steps down the narrow garden full of blackberry, sloping to the harbour, islands and channel, the hills and Hereweka, the peninsula across the water, different in all lights and weather.’

‘He needs more room to work, knocks out all the upstairs to make

an open space, leaving the brick chimney free-standing in the middle.

Lead light windows across the front wall

divide the panorama into delicate frames.’

O’Sullivan describes the studio as, ‘compact, richly decorative, typical of the places where he chose to work and imposed his own taste. As Tony Stones noted, ‘you never took where Ralph worked for anything other than a place an artist had devised.’’ The studio at 2 Aurora Terrace was created as a place for work, and a place where Hotere’s famous generosity was shared. A ‘social solitary’ Hotere often worked at night under fluorescent lights, sustained on whisky laced cups of coffee and cigarettes, listening to classical music or jazz while the darkness outside, punctuated with pulsing harbour lights, pressed against the lead lights. Working on the Port Chalmers paintings at the studio, Hotere reflected his frustration in a letter to James Mack,

‘Staying nights on end at Port and working till early hours yet fucking things have not been coming out right.’

The studio took on an important role in Ralph and Cilla’s lives as it was here where they were married on 8 June 1973. Andrea, Cilla’s daughter who was adopted by Hotere, remembers a view of people’s legs from her position hiding under a table, in the sitting room upstairs.

‘The Reverend Donald Phillipps conducts our wedding, a simple

ceremony at the studio in Aurora Terrace.

Maureen Hitchings has transformed the light-filled room

into a chapel, surrounding us with sculptures, paintings, candles,

flowers, vibrant panels and test-pieces for the mural.’

Following their marriage in 1973, Ralph, Cilla and Andrea left their cottage at 121 Forth Street, Dunedin and moved to 27 Harbour Terrace, Carey’s Bay, Port Chalmers around 1975. A comment by Cilla in Merata Mita’s 2001 film, Hotere, filmed at Carey’s Bay reveals the symbiotic relationship between the artist and his places of work,

‘… his life and his work are inextricably intertwined so he’s working all the time in his heart and in his mind. He’d never really start working until the space around him was right, the atmosphere’s right. The things he looks at while he’s working have to be harmonious too.’

Ian Wedde notes Hotere’s appreciation of ordinary things went beyond ideology. Russell Moses, friend and artist, reflected on Hotere’s holistic approach to life and art,

‘With Ralph, his life and his work permeate everything. Whether it’s building a studio or pulling a wall down in his house and rebuilding it … yeah, he’s an artist. That intensity is there. I think it’s always pervaded everything.’

Marilyn Webb reflected,

‘Hone Tuwhare calls him the tohunga – and he is. I think he’s good at anything he touches. I mean Ralph’s really good at making doors … He’s good with wood. He makes beautiful buildings. He can embellish stuff. He’s just fantastic and whatever he touches.’

The importance of the University of Otago Burns and Hodgkins Fellowships in creating a network work for artists and writers can’t be overestimated. Over the years this group and their associates became a community of friends and creatives who inspired each other’s work. O’Sullivan reflects the relationships had the ‘solidarity of a guild’. Bill Manhire, Hone Tuwhare (1922-2008), Ted (O.E.) Middleton (1925-2010), Ian Wedde, Marilynn Webb (1937-2021), Chris Booth, Bill Culbert (1935-2019) and Pip Culbert (1938-2016), and Marti Friedlander (1928-2016) all spent time at the studio and Hotere was really the central force of the group, actively supporting Francis Hodgkins Fellows and creatives. Their presence is still felt in the fabric and their work which hangs in the house, similarly to how Hotere and McQueen lived at Carey’s Bay, his own and their friends work surrounding him, art, and life intertwining, informing, and inspiring each other.

‘Beautiful things all around – the house replete

with art, the studios, the view, the visitors.’

Bill Manhire reflected, ‘I don’t think Ralph works as a collaborator. He has friendships and people he works with; he brings life in the gaps and spaces and accidents that other people – and circumstances – make available.’ These connections mutually inspired each other’s work, and it was at the studio that much of Hotere’s early significant work was conceived and created. The Black Paintings (1970), Hotere’s Malady Series, was inspired by Manhire’s poem of the same name (1970). It was at Aurora Terrace that Hotere received weekly postcards from Manhire from London, inscribed with a single word for his inspiration which resulted in Pine (1972). Examples of Hotere’s work generated from this place include: Port Chalmers paintings (1972), Sangro (1972), Pine series (1972), Requiem series (1973), drawings for Pathway to the Sea (Ian Wedde) (1975), Song Cycle banners (1975-1976). It was also here that major large commissions like murals, Founders Theatre (1973) and Godwit/Kuaka (1977) for Auckland Airport, were designed at the studio but the work was completed in larger spaces nearby. The importance and influence of his early work was recognised when The Malady Panels, were selected to represent New Zealand’s first appearance at documenta 14 in 2017, one of the most critically acclaimed art exhibitions in the world.

Many, many artists, and creatives frequented the property. Hotere’s generosity extended to making the place available for visiting artists, friends and ‘refugees from life’. Some like Maureen Hitchings stayed for a while, and in the case of renown potter Barry Brickell (1935-2016) spent considerable time there living and working. Hotere wrote to Brickell in 1971, positively fizzing with enthusiasm and abundant generosity,

‘I’ve got a very beautiful old house which I’m turning into a workshop. It looks out on the harbour to the Otago Peninsular … There is also a longish shed which would be an ideal workshop for you with a kiln and spaces for trees to be grown – and a bed and a very beautiful coal range that works … and the most magnificent view in the world to stop you working too hard and ships that pass the kitchen window and seagulls, and fishermen, so why don’t you come down. You’re welcome to share it if you do. I also have my Land Rover which can carry lots of bricks and coal and clay and things.’

Brickell finally stayed and worked at the studio in 1975. During this time, he and Hotere made further renovations to the building. A concrete pad adjacent to the current extension was the location of Brickell’s kiln. Andrea remembers being snuggled in a sleeping bag in a coal bin one night under a lunar eclipse while Brickell bounded about in his notoriously small shorts tending the kiln. While resident at the studio Brickell produced a collection of pottery for the Hotere’s which was acquired by Otago Museum in 2014 and includes pieces Hotere painted. Brickell’s workshop and kiln were a feature for some years and the recycled fabric from both his workbench and bricks from his kiln have made their way into the house, given a new life as stairs, shelves, decorative elements, paving and walls, created by Hotere and later by Naomi’s friends.

Many of Hotere’s works created at Aurora Terrace were in response to people, place and events, both local, national, and international; The Port Chalmers paintings, Malady Series, Sangro Series and Te Whiti Series and Pine Series, pathway to the Sea and Song Cycle banners and Founders Theatre mural. International subjects included war, apartheid, and nuclear activity in the Pacific. Locally, he addressed New Zealand’s most significant contemporary issues including the NZ Springbok tour, the bombing of the Rainbow Warrior, and the environment of the Otago Harbour. Even after he no longer worked at the Aurora Terrace studio, his work continued to reflect the area as environmental concerns arose with the proposed aluminium smelter at Aramoana, and then closer to home, the reduction of Observation Point for the expansion of Port Otago. Protest works included various iterations of Oputae / Po-Takere (1989), lithographs, sketches, and blowtorched aluminium, sometimes incorporating phrases from McQueen’s Poem, Daisies Falling. These works, and others, restored the traditional names of places. At Hotere’s tangi, Tahu Potiki noted,

‘For whatever reason, he also took on the task of revitalising many of the long- forgotten Māori placenames in the harbour. He wrote them into his artworks, giving them a life they had not enjoyed for well over a century. Some of them are now again a part of the modern nomenclature.’

Black Phoenix I and Black Phoenix II (1984-88) were both created from the remains of the Poitrel which burned in Port Chalmers in 1984. Black Phoenix II resides in the Hotere Garden Optuae next door at 4 Aurora Terrace along with other sculptural works by friends that had also been on his property at the stables. Para Matchitt recalled, ‘Anything at all, that’s painful to people – where they’ve been bulldozed or bullied, he’ll feel that pain, and something will come out in his work.’

Hotere was a notable figure in the wider Port Chalmers community, frequenting the pub at Careys Bay, fishing, and playing golf but never discussing his work. He would trade art for services and at times sell paintings to help others get by. As his work reflected local issues, so he supported local fundraising ventures, for example, he allowed the public to visit to the studio at the old stables prior to its demolition to raise money for several community fundraisers. 'By this time Ralph was an international artist of great repute. He didn't have to do that for a community, but he was happy to do it for the community. He was generous, kind, gentlemanly. His generosity, his gift of artworks to people, was phenomenal.’ He helped raise the court costs when the action against Port Otago and their plan to reduce Observation Point was unsuccessful.

Ralph Hotere’s influence is well documented. George Hubbard reflected in the catalogue for Korurangi: New Maori Art, that ‘Ralph is an anchor-stone, an inspiration. He really did open the way for a lot of younger artists to explore mediums not traditionally associated with contemporary Maori art.’ Jonathan Mane-Wheoki (1943-2014), New Zealand art historian, academic, and curator and pioneer of the study of Māori and Pacific art history wrote about his enduring influence, ‘Hotere was the first modernist Māori painter to be wholly embraced by New Zealand’s mainstream art establishment and he was to become one of New Zealand’s most revered and honoured artists’. In the year following Hotere’s death, artists Paratene Matchitt (1933-2021) and Shane Cotton met in conversation with curator Megan Tamati-Quennell to discuss Hotere’s influence and impact. Matchitt acknowledged Hotere’s influence, ‘… you have to admire the guy for who he was … he was one of the best teachers out, he had a knack for passing things on …’

From studio to home

Close friend and assistant, Naomi Wilson took up residence at 2 Aurora Terrace in 1981 and, purchased the studio from Hotere in 1984, ‘for what Ralph insisted was not a cent more than its rateable value.’ Naomi worked with him regularly, printing silk together at the cottage, and contributing her exacting grinding skills to Black Phoenix I (1984) and Pathway to the Sea – Aramona (1991). Naomi believes the studio should be saved as it is imbued with Hotere’s wairua and mana. Over the years she has employed friends to assist with renovations and additions to the cottage and garden, all embodying Hotere’s ethos. Some of the additions, like the acoustically treated conservatory were to mitigate noise from the Port. Port Otago has successively purchased and demolished residential properties on Aurora Terrace and Constitution Street prior to and after the reduction of Oputae / Observation Point in the mid-1990s. All properties on the headland beyond where the cut was to be made were purchased and demolished, including Ralph’s studio at the stables. Hotere himself spoke out about the loss of the land,

‘This is a sacred spot. It has historic connections with early Otago. It’s an ancient urupa, and ancient living, dwelling place. And it should never be devastated. They can put their wharves up in town. They don’t need to devastate the hill, to change the landscape, you know?’

Two decades later, O’Sullivan reflects on Hotere’s response to the reduction of Observation Point,

‘The threads of his anger were entwined – the destruction of an ancient landscape, the loss of a site’s traditional significance, his personal distress at being kicked out from where he worked best as an artist, and from a building that his time and skill had transformed into something like a work of art in itself.’

The Hotere family have visited and stayed at studio over the decades, under Hotere’s ownership and latterly under Naomi’s including during his later years following his illness and after his death. As the only remaining building that maintains a strong physical and spiritual connection with Hotere and so is particularly significant to the Hotere whānau. Andrea Hotere reflected,

‘Today I love visiting the studio and Naomi, because it’s a place where I can feel that special connection with Dad, touch the things he touched and look at the view he loved and which inspired him, to know that he sought to acknowledge the Maori connections of this place which were everywhere. He honoured them and expressed himself in his work. This is now the only remaining place where people can go to get that true sense of Dad and how he worked. I would like my children and our cousins and others to be able to experience this in the future. Dad was very aware of the significance to Maori of Koputai/Port Chalmers and surrounds. It was heart breaking for him when the end of the hill (aka Observation Point, on which his other studio stood) was chopped off. He thought it was cultural vandalism. The fact that this Studio remains is highly significant.’

Hotere’s siblings Hareta (Charlotte), Ellen, Maraea, Winiata, Moss and Suri have all visited or stayed at the studio and feel aroha for the place and for Naomi and her connection to Ralph.

‘[at the studio] I feel wairua, his wairua, that the paintings and the place speak for him. It’s a feeling. You are seeing, feeling his voice. There are lots of memories. Naomi has looked after that place. You feel like you could walk in there and be at home. It gives us something of Ralph.’

Ana Tahere (Ralph’s niece) commented, ‘Naomi’s door has always been open to uncle Ralph’s siblings and whanau. It is a special place for us to visit when we are in Dunedin. There is so much of Uncle Ralph’s wairua present.’

Naomi hopes to see the studio become an artist’s studio again in the future. Over fifteen years earlier, renowned Dunedin art historian and curator, Peter Entwisle, called for the establishment of a museum dedicated to the display of Hotere’s works. Whaiora Hotere (Ralph’s Niece) expressed the importance of safeguarding the studio for the future,

‘Naomi and the whare hold a very special place in our hearts as they remind us of the determination that Ralph had to protect what was important to him. We are so grateful that Naomi is continuing to do this too, so tautoko her goal to protect the studio and its history for future generations to enjoy.’

In 2020 the penultimate house on Aurora Terrace was demolished. In 2021 this remarkable cottage remains a private residence. Vincent O’Sullivan, Hotere’s friend, and recent biographer notes,

‘This is not simply a matter of noting a building where one of our most distinctive artists planned and created important works. Its internal configuration and physical features to a marked degree are as Hotere designed and installed them, to the extent that the studio too might be considered one of his ‘works’. We have few comparable spaces that so convey and preserve the physical imprint of the artist who worked there. It was also here that so many of the painting and writing community of his time visited, and stayed. It was a rare intellectual meeting-point for his own, as well as a younger, generation … This is the only available building that so permanently retains his physical imprint.’

Physical Description

Current Description


Situated on prominent Oputae / Observation Point in Kōpūtai / Port Chalmers, the Studio of Ralph Hotere is the last remaining house on Aurora Terrace near the Flagstaff (List No. 2319) on the slope overlooking the Otago Harbour and the peninsular. The property is located south of and adjacent to the Hotere Garden Oputae. The garden contains works made by Hotere and his friends that had been in the garden of his second studio on Observation Point which was demolished in 1993 due to the reduction of Oputae / Observation Point for the expansion of Port Otago.

The cottage at 2 Aurora Terrace sits low in the streetscape set back from the road and is surrounded by a corrugated iron fence, and imposing wooden gate designed by Hotere. The current fence replaces a wooden palisade style fence he had created which was emblazoned with words. The section is long and narrow and slopes steeply down the hill to the eastern view across the harbour and islands Rangiriri / Goat Island and Kamau Taurua / Quarantine Island to the peninsula beyond were cherished by Hotere.


The cottage is clad in rusticated weather board. The north, south and east elevations have been roughcast, and painted dark green. The original fabric can still be seen in the western elevation facing the street which is protected by a conservatory. Part of the south wall is clad in corrugated iron. The house is single storey at street level and steps down the hill behind it in two sections; a lower storey and then a further, lower, more recent extension. The roof is in corrugated iron. The flagpole that once flew Hotere’s Save Aramoana flag in the front garden was moved closer to the house.

The names of the rooms described below correspond with those described on the floorplans.

Interior - Sunroom / Conservatory

The original floorboards of the verandah are in situ but the space has been extended and built in as a sunroom using reclaimed windows from the Criterion Hotel - purchased for a slab of beer by Naomi Wilson around 1983. The delicate, round headed window frames with organically shaped mullions, some of which are glazed, have been encapsulated by a protective dark green aluminum conservatory installed for its acoustic properties. A modified four-paneled door in the north wall with square lights in multiple colours and textures of glazing, aluminum inserts and an inverted hemisphere of aluminum, leads to a shed. This was created for Naomi by a friend Tony Leckie. He created this wall of reclaimed windows and shaped wooden decorative elements. Tony had a small workshop beyond the door in what had been part of the garage. Between the decorative door and the original verandah lies a section of brick paving built by artist and friend, Russell Moses, from the remains of Barry Brickell’s kiln - note the formation of the bricks to create a letter ‘A’ for Aurora.

Ground floor

A short hallway leads from the main entrance, another modified four-paneled door with decorative glazing, into an area that is largely open plan. The door was adapted for Naomi by Tony Leckie. The glazing in this door includes a piece of Hotere’s stained glass and steel work, gifted to Naomi in thanks for the renovations she made to the house. Most the walls have been removed though their original placement is discernible by telltale signs on the ceiling. The walls surrounding the fireplace have been removed and the structure acts as a divider between the lounge to the west and the bedroom to the east. The interior is entirely painted white except for the north wall of the bedroom which is painted black. The walls in the entry are board and batten. The rest of the lounge and dining rooms are lined and dressed in a salon-style hanging of artworks. The ceiling is board and batten throughout and rakes down at an angle from the chimney at the eastern end of the building towards a large multipaned window that overlooks Otago Harbour, Kamau Taurua / Quarantine Island and Otago Peninsular.


The west facing window was painted for privacy. A deep swirling blue, it has the words ‘Sam on the blue’, scratched into it, a reference to Sammy Chin, owner of the Crown Hotel on Rattray Street, with whom Hotere regularly played pool. It was a playful, practical solution to provide privacy. The built-in bookshelves on the south wall of the lounge were built by Hotere with timber salvaged from the Poitrel for Black Phoenix 1. Skylights either side of the chimney breast were installed by the owner in 2013 when the cottage was reroofed.


Separated from the lounge by the exposed chimney, the bedroom space has a raked board and batten ceiling and tongue and groove dado on the north and eastern wall. The space is defined with black paint on the north and eastern walls up to the large lead light window that runs most of the length of the eastern wall. Part of a flagpole (source unknown) runs between floor and ceiling in the south-east corner of the fireplace. The south-east corner of the open plan room adjacent to the stairs had once been a bedroom. On this wall Ralph created the Pine series based on Bill Manhire’s poem – an early example was stenciled onto the painted scrim and then cut from the wall.


Situated to the right of the entrance, this is the only remaining original room and was previously a bedroom. The ceiling is board and batten. Hotere installed the internal window bringing in natural light from the eastern facing lead light window and is decorated with a strip of fretwork. The walls are white painted scrim, and again covered in artwork.


A strip of the same fretwork edges the stairway. The stairs leading down to a sitting room and kitchen are original except for a small platform that has been added over the bottom tread to create a larger landing. The post at the bottom of the stairs was reclaimed from an unknown ship. Remains of the flagpole from upstairs is used as a support at the other end of the stairwell although this doesn’t connect with the floor.

Downstairs - Sitting

A blend of original and later fabric can be seen in the vertical boards lining the walls, a tongue and groove ceiling and floorboards and a window (W5) of three vertical panes in the south wall which throws a diffused light into the space. Beneath the stairs is a storage area (referred to by the owner as the ‘nasty room’) which was the coal shed which was delivered by the coal man through a hatch on the south side of the house. Hotere had nailed tin over the opening and the owner has put in a window. The coal bin remains inside the space, the wall lining is original and there are vestiges of early linoleum. A working coal range sits in the northwest corner of the room opposite the entrance to the small kitchen with shelves built by Hotere above it. This coal range was installed by the current owner. The previous range had been cobbled together from parts. Bricks reclaimed from Barry Brickell’s dismantled kiln adorn the surround of the range. Opposite the culmination of the stairs is a door leading to a small landing. The entrance to the bathroom was the old exterior door.


The kitchen was built by Hotere predominantly by re-purposing doors as the fabric for the walls. The concrete floor was poured by Hotere with Chris Booth. An internal window allows light to pass through into the original kitchen. Inside the kitchen, window (W11) is painted with a ☧ (Chi Rho) symbol, a familiar motif in Hotere’s work. Adjacent to this is a door which has been used to create part of the new external wall. A door (D2) leads outside to the garden. A steel frame window (W10) looks out across the garden. The kitchen is entirely built of wood. It has a poured concrete floor covered in vinyl. Half of the kitchen ceiling is made from a signed painting board. This board was used for painting large works in the garden and is covered in lines and spatters of paint against a dark background colour. The kitchen shelves and brackets are hand worked wood with rounded edges and voluptuous curves.


The bathroom was reconfigured in 1992/1993 and built by Colin Howes. The original door into the bathroom had been through the wall in the original kitchen. The toilet had been in the northwest corner under the window, an etched window depicting the crest of the Tasmanian Steam Navigation Company faces east.


The new stairs begin at the point where the copper had been situated and lead down to the laundry and workshop area. All recent additions have been built in sympathy with the original style of the house and with Ralph’s own aesthetic – such as the sarking on the walls and decorative brackets. These stairs were constructed from Barry Brickell’s workbench which was situated where the laundry/workshop is now.

Downstairs - Laundry

The site of the original copper is where the window (W9) is now situated. The original part of the building had been Barry Brickell’s pottery workshop in the mid-1970s. This room was extended in 1988 to act as a studio for Naomi. A door in the north elevation (D3) leads to the garden and a large window takes up most of the east facing wall which faces out across the harbour. The room is fitted out with storage and is used as a spare bedroom. The extension


Outside a garden has been created, a small deck and a large tree vibrating with birdlife, lead down steps to vegetable gardens and then into bush. Along the northern boundary an undulating brick wall designed and built by Harley Howes, cascades down the section. The bricks were reused from Barry Brickell’s kiln which sat on a concrete pad adjacent to the laundry where Brickell’s workshop was situated.

Comparative analysis

The former studio of Ralph Hotere can be compared to the studios of other well-known New Zealand artists. For example, Rita Angus’s cottage, Colin McCahon’s cottage and Brian Brake’s house have recognised heritage value and are entered on the New Zealand Heritage List/Rārangi Kōrero.

The Rita Angus Cottage (List No. 2291) was built in the nineteenth century and was the artist’s Wellington home from 1955. Like the Hotere Studio it is an early cottage design dating from the 1870s. This place, the landscape and the surrounding area was an inspiration to the artist often featuring in Angus’s work. The integrity of the house remains true as an example of an 1870s cottage, whereas Hotere’s cottage was significantly modified to create an environment in which he could best work. As with the Rita Angus Cottage, the place itself and its setting were influential on the Hotere’s artist’s practice.

McCahon Cottage is an existing small dwelling in Titirangi, Auckland. Like the Hotere studio it was adapted by the artist to meet his needs overtime. McCahon worked from, added to, and altered over time to accommodate his growing family. Like Hotere, McCahon addressed local and global issues through the art he created in this place and the cottage contains handcrafted elements he made himself. The McCahon cottage and Hotere studios, are comparable in size, vernacular style of architecture and their respective settings within the wider natural environment. The natural environment was important both to men as creative thinkers and artists.

Brian Brake House (Former), also in Titirangi, Auckland, is an acclaimed Modern Movement pavilion-style design, commissioned by the international photojournalist and photographer as a home and photographic studio for himself in 1976 and built in 1976-1977. While the dates of construction of Brakes and Hotere’s studios vary by a century, and their designs are from distinctly different periods, both were built on steep sections and have important connections with the surrounding landscape. Brake’s house sits among the trees, and an intimacy with nature is created though the relationship between the floor to ceiling glazing. Hotere created his open spaces and added windows to allow light in and to create expansive views to connect with the environment.

In addition to these specific examples above, both Sutton’s House and Garden (List No. 9845) in Christchurch, and Gottfried Lindauer’s House and Studio (List No. 9300) in Woodville are being considered for entry on the New Zealand Heritage List/Rārangi Kōrero in 2021-2022. Lindauer designed and supervised the building of his house and studio in the late nineteenth century. Sutton house Hotere’s studio, like the Rita Angus and Colin McCahon houses were already in existence when each moved into the respective properties however in Hotere’s case he made significant additions and modifications to it to create a space he could work in, though he didn’t reside there on a permanent basis, he made the space available to his friends to live and work in.

Construction Dates

Original Construction
1876 -

1920 -
8 lights and 8 electrical points installed

1921 -
Radiator installed

1954 -

1957 -
New mains


1988 -
Replaced garden shed with studio

1992 - 1993

Handmade radiator installed

Masport fire (inbuilt) installed

2010 -

2011 -
Replaced window in bedroom / sitting area

2013 -
New roof and skylights

Construction Details

Timber, Corrugated Iron, Brick, Rough cast

Completion Date

5th April 2022

Report Written By

Sarah Gallagher

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Other Information

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