Farewell to a giant and most distinguished past pupil of HPC

Hato Petera College has lost its most distinguished past pupil (tauira tawhito) with the passing in Dunedin on 24 February 2013 of Hone Papita Raukura ("Ralph") Hotere, ONZ, acknowledged as one of New Zealand's most gifted and influential graphic artists (see link):

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ralph_Hotere 

A former teacher at Hato Petera was Mill Hill priest, Pa Michael Ryan, who recalls:

"Ralph (Rau) was at Hato Petera Kura from 1946 to 1949.Ï taught his young brother Winiata, in his last year. Fr Aarts took me to an exhibition of Rau's work - I think it was at the University 1960 - which was put on before he left to take up his scholarship in Spain. Among the paintings on show there were four or five large drawings of Christ's face which we admired very much - especially as we didn't know what to make of his impressionistic 
paintings - but Rau came and talked to Fr Aarts for a while and said they 
(the drawings of Christ) were not meant to be in the exhibition."

 More about Ralph here:

 

Photograph by Marti Friedlander