Te Koroneihana | Coronation

Each year, people gather in Ngāruawāhia, Aotearoa New Zealand to celebrate the leader of the Kīngitanga (Māori King Movement).

May 1969 was the third anniversary of the first woman to lead the Kīngitanga, Te Atairangikaahu.

Tūrangawaewae marae, the official residence of the queen, buzzed with energy as more than six thousand people came together for ceremonies of welcome and mourning, speeches, community discussions, performances, and sports.


A twist of the hand

James’ practice – and his art – have been shaped by the use of pattern and colour in ancient Rome. Preserved architectural details, remnants of colour, geometric mosaics, and objects all serve as points of departure for the creation of new works, carefully sited among MOCA’s cast collection.

In this online exhibition, James talks us through not only his works but also his process.

View the online exhibition.
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