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Statement regarding the death of Ralph Hotere ONZ

Statement regarding the death of Ralph Hotere ONZ

It was with great sadness that I learned of the passing of Ralph Hotere – one of New Zealand’s preeminent artists.

Mr Hotere was a quiet man of great strength and character whose contributions, through his many iconic artworks, provide thought provoking commentary on the many facets of New Zealand.

I had the privilege, in March last year, of conferring our country’s top honour on Ralph Hotere, who was made a member of The Order of New Zealand, recognising his outstanding service to the Crown and to the people of New Zealand. It was a memorable and moving ceremony that celebrated his lifetime of work.

Ralph Hotere was a man of great mana – a mana which will endure through his artwork.

Lt Gen The Rt Hon Sir Jerry Mateparae
Governor-General of New Zealand


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