It’s one of the most famous paintings of the Taranaki land wars but a New Plymouth gallery has been told exhibiting the piece would perpetuate propaganda that encouraged racism against Māori.

The prominent oil painting, View of Mt Egmont, Taranaki, New Zealand, taken from New Plymouth, with Maoris (sic) driving off settlers’ cattle, was painted in 1861 by Englishman, William Strutt.

It is understood New Plymouth’s Govett-Brewster Art Gallery is currently in talks with Wellington’s Te Papa, which bought the painting in 2015 for $1.5 million, about securing it for exhibition in April, 2019.

Kaumātua Peter Moeahu said the painting denigrates Māori and expected the gallery not to exhibit it.


Taranaki kaumātua Peter Moeahu is against the painting being exhibited and had an expectation the gallery would take his opinion seriously.

“By exhibiting this painting the Govett Brewster Art Gallery perpetuates colonialist’s propaganda that encouraged state sponsored racism against Māori,” he said.

[Oh look – It’s the same Peter Moeahu from our last article!]

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4 thoughts on “Kaumātua disgusted at gallery’s efforts to show colonial painting, citing racism

  1. They have been so successful in airbrushing out the aspects of history that they don’t want to see noticed that they will continue with the same behavior because it has worked. New Plymouth has a sad history of pandering to this sort of garbage.

  2. Oh Dear !! The truth hurts. Maori were not as angel-tic as they make out. They were cannibals and bloody war like who fought amongst all other NZ tribes to the point they exterminated the Mori Ori and then they got dealt to the same way when they tried those tactics on the colonialists

  3. Just as well they didn’t have sketch artists or painters on duty when the maori were eating each other, enslaving each other, killing the last Moa, butchering the Moriori, and all those other barbaric acts they are guilty of but slowly being erased by revisionist “historians”.

  4. I’ll bet this Maori spokesperson denies that cannibalism was widely practised in NZ and that four times as many Maori died in the musket wars (Maori killing their own people) than the Maori land wars

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