The team at the Gallery would all like to extend our congratulations to Jonathan Mane Wheoki. He became a Companion of the New Zealand Order of Merit at an investiture that took place at Government House in Auckland on Wednesday.
While currently battling cancer, Jonathan still holds significant positions as Head of Art at Te Papa and Professor of Fine Arts at Auckland University. Jonathan has spent a lifetime dedicated to art and it is good to see that contribution acknowledged in this way. City Gallery has enjoyed a long history with Jonathan and we have greatly benefitted from him as a warm and generous colleague.
Jonathan recently did a very moving interview about his illness on Radio New Zealand's Spiritual Outlook. You can listen here.
Elizabeth Caldwell, Director