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Prof Bob Jahnke DipTchg, MFA, MFA, PhD

Professor of Maori Visual Arts

Doctoral Supervisor
School of Art

Professional

Qualifications

  • Diploma in Teaching - New Zealand Department of Education (1983)
  • Master of Fine Arts - California Institute of the Arts (1980)
  • Master of Fine Arts (First Class Honours) - University of Auckland (1978)
  • Doctor of Philosophy - Massey University (2007)

Prizes and Awards

  • 2018 College of Creative Arts Research Medal - Massey University (2018)
  • 28th Wallace Arts Trust Paramount Award - Wallace Arts Trust (2019)
  • Massey University medal for Research - Massey University (2019)
  • Appointed an Officer of the New Zealand Order of Merit in the 2017 New Year Honours list by Her Majesty the Queen in recognition of services to Māori art and education. - Government House New Zealand (2017)

Research Outputs

Journal

Jahnke, R., & Jahnke, H. (2017). Mā te Rourou: Māori education and innovation through the visual arts in Aotearoa New Zealand. A Handbook of Indigenous Education.
[Journal article]Authored by: Jahnke, R., Jahnke, H.
Jahnke, RH. (2015). Maori made: Visualized in text. The International Journal of Social, Political, and Community Agendas in the Arts. 9(2), 13-26
[Journal article]Authored by: Jahnke, R.
Jahnke, RH. (2014). E tu ake : Māori standing strong, Huhana Smith. Journal of New Zealand & Pacific studies. 2(2), 211-213
[Book Review]Authored by: Jahnke, R.
Jahnke, RH. (2013). ‘Picturing Death in Maori Art’. The International Journal of New Media, Technology and the Arts. 7(2), 21-38 Retrieved from http://www.commongroundpublishing.com/
[Journal article]Authored by: Jahnke, R.

Book

Tomlins-Jahnke, H., Styres, S., Lilley, S., & Zinga, D. (2021). Indigenous Education: New Directions in Theory and Practice. (pp. 1 - 561).
[Chapter]Authored by: Jahnke, R., Jahnke, H.Edited by: Jahnke, H.
Jahnke, R., Friend, R., Ellis, E., Butts, D., Borell, N., & Kuckkan, T. (2021). Te Kupenga o Sandy. In R. Friend (Ed.) Toi Koru Sandy Adsett. Porirua: Pātaka Art & Museum
[Chapter]Authored by: Jahnke, R.Contributed to by: Jahnke, R.
Jahnke, R. (2019). Essentially Māori. In H. Jahnke, L. Spencer, S. Styles, & D. Zinga (Eds.) Indigenous Education New Directions in theory and Practice. (pp. 3 - 3). : University of Alberta
[Chapter]Authored by: Jahnke, R.Edited by: Jahnke, H.
Jahnke, R. (2015). Te Tini a Pitau. In . Helen Kedgley (Ed.) Te Tini a Pitau Ngataiharuru Taepa 12 years of kowhaiwhai. (pp. 6 - 16). Porirua, New Zealand: Pataka Art + Museum
[Chapter]Authored by: Jahnke, R.Contributed to by: Jahnke, R.
Warren, KF. (2014). The legacy of Maori education - a view in 2014. In T. Black, C. Cunningham, R. Jahnke, H. Jahnke, & T. Kingi (Eds.) Matariki. (pp. 15 - 31). : Massey University
[Chapter]Authored by: Warren, K.Edited by: Cunningham, C., Jahnke, R., Jahnke, H.
Jahnke, RH. (2014). A journey with Fred Graham. In M. De Jong, & F. Graham (Eds.) Fred Graham Creator of Forms Te Tohunga Auaha. (pp. 100 - 119). Wellington: Huia Publishers
[Chapter]Authored by: Jahnke, R.
Jahnke, RH., & Engels-Schwarzpaul, AC. (2013). A creative journey: By Māori for Māori. In AC. Engels-Schwarzpaul (Ed.) Of Other Thoughts: Non-traditional ways to the doctorate. A guidebook for candidates and supervisors.. (pp. 279 - 310). Rotterdam: Sense Publishers
[Chapter]Authored by: Jahnke, R.
Jahnke, RH. (2013). 'Nga Ngaru e toru, The three waves of tertiary intervention in Maori art. In N. Borell (Ed.) Te Atinga: 25 years of Contemporary Maori Art. (pp. 33 - 46). Wellington: Toi Maori Aotearoa
[Chapter]Authored by: Jahnke, R.

Creative Work

Jahnke, R. (2023) Te Wepu MMXXIII. [Exhibition] Webb's Gallery Wellington
[Artwork]Authored by: Jahnke, R.
Jahnke, R. (2023, February 17). Tūhura Sculpture Invitational. [Lacquer painted plinth and neon and mirror pane lightbox, 1500mm x 1500mm x 500mm, powder coated steel and mirror lightbox, 1200mm x 1200mm x 211mm, totara and sainless steel, 955mm x 300mm x 60 mm]. Dunedin, New Zealand: Milford Galleries, 17 February 2023 - 15 April 2023.
[Exhibition]Authored by: Jahnke, R.
Jahnke, R. (2021, November 19). Scape Large Sculpture. (No. of Pieces: 3) [Lacquer painted wood neon and mirror lihgtboxes, 815mm x 815mm x 164mm (3)]. Christchurch, New Zealand: Studio 125 Gallery, 19 Nov 2021 - 14 Jan 2022.
[Exhibition]Authored by: Jahnke, R.
Jahnke, R. (2021, May 22). Mata Puare. (No. of Pieces: 6 new works plus 7 previouls exhibted works) [Powder-coated metal and mirror neon light boxes, 1200mm Dia x 211mm (2), Lacquer painted wood and neon light boxes, 2940mm x 6110mm x 820 mm (1), 1415mm x 1415mm x 168 mm (3)]. Dunedin, New Zealand: Milford Galleries, 22 May 2021 – 14 July 2021.
[Exhibition]Authored by: Jahnke, R.
Jahnke, R. (2021, May 21). Ripeka Pae. (No. of Pieces: 8) [Neon and mirror lightbox, 180mm x 400mm x 165mm (2), 1000 x 1000 x 170mm (6), 1180D x 210mm (1)]. Auckland Viaduct, New Zealand. Lightworx Gallery, 21 May 2021-09 July 2021.
[Exhibition]Authored by: Jahnke, R.
Jahnke, R. (2019) Te Tatau ki Kirkiriroa. [Exhibition] Location: Victoria on the river, Hamilton
[Artwork]Authored by: Jahnke, R.
Jahnke, R. (2019, July 20). Lamentation. (No. of Pieces: 13) [mixed media]. Hastings, New Zealand: Holt Gallery, Hastings City Art Gallery 20 July 2019-27 October 2019..
[Exhibition]Authored by: Jahnke, R.
Jahnke, R. (2018) Ground Zero. [Exhibition] Waiheke Island
[Artwork]Authored by: Jahnke, R.
Te Tau, T. (2017, March 10). Unwarranted and Unregistered 2#. [Video]. In “Under Super Vision”, 40th Annual Graduate Symposium Exhibition at the University of British Columbia. Retrieved from http://ahva.ubc.ca/events/event/under-super-vision-40th-annual-graduate-symposium-and-exhibition/Audain Art Centre, Vancouver, Canada.
[Exhibition]Edited by: Jahnke, R.
Jahnke, RH. (2017) Kaokao. [Exhibition] [Satin black powder coated mild steel, timber, mirrorpane glass, neons, electricity; 2400 (h) x 2000 (w) x 600mm (d)]. Waiheke Island, Hauraki Gulf, New Zealand: headlands Sculpture on the Gulf, 27 Jan 2017-19 Feb 2017
[Artwork]Authored by: Jahnke, R.
Arapere, EM., & Jahnke, R. (2016) Te Ao Marama video work for Ata: A Third Reflection. [Exhibition] [High definition video 1080p 16:9 6.45 min] Pataka Art Gallery and Museum, Porirua, New Zealand. 21 Feb - 15 May 2016
[Artwork]Authored by: Arapere, E., Jahnke, R.
Jahnke, RH. (2016) Pouwhakamaharatanga mo Mauitikitiki a Taranga. [Exhibition] [Laser cut Corten steel, carved laminated totara, wood stain, 6340 (l) x 1000mm (w)]. ASB Waterfront Theatre, corner of Halsey and Madden Streets in Auckland’s Wynyard Quarter, New Zealand
[Artwork]Authored by: Jahnke, R.
Jahnke, R., & Baker-Arapere, E.(2016). Te Ao Marama. [photography/adobe director]. Pataka Art + Museum: Pataka Ar+ Museum
[Film or Video]Authored by: Jahnke, R.
Jahnke, RH. (2016, February 13). Ata a third reflection. (No. of Pieces: 16 works (12 new works including new collaborative work). The new works included 9 new wall works; the Karapu, Ripeka and Taimana series (1470 x 1470 x 140mm) & the Ata series of free-standing plinth works (1473 x 1506 x1450mm)) [MDF, wood, paint, neon, one way glass, mirror, electricity, high definition video]. Porirua, New Zealand: Pataka Art + Museum.
[Exhibition]Authored by: Arapere, E., Jahnke, R.
Jahnke, RH. (2016) Nga Huruhuru Rangatira. [Exhibition] [Ground stainless steel arch of huia feathers , 6400mm (h) x 3512 (w) x 3600 (l)]. Palmerston North, New Zealand: The Square
[Artwork]Authored by: Jahnke, R.
Jahnke, RH. (2015, June 5). Te Hokinga mai. (No. of Pieces: 16 including a limited edition of screen prints based on the 8 paintings that toured in the Whakawhiti Aria exhibition) [Lacquer on stainless steel 8 x 1000mm x 1000mm x 30mm panels and 16 limited edition screen prints on fabriano paper]. Gisborne, New Zealand: PaulNache Gallery.
[Exhibition]Authored by: Jahnke, R.
Jahnke, R., & Campbell, J. (2015) Tawhirowhiro. [Exhibition] [Pinus radiata, totara, stainless steel; 2000mm diameter x 1800mm (h)]. Hauraki Gulf, New Zealand: Waiheke Island
[Artwork]Authored by: Jahnke, R.Contributed to by: Jahnke, R.
Te Whaiti, R. (2014). Matatau 2014. (No. of Pieces: 4) [[Oil and Acrylic on Canvas, 1200mm x 1500mm (each)].]. Geoff Wilson Gallery, Northtec, Whangarei.
[Exhibition]Authored by: Jahnke, R., Te Whaiti, R.
Jahnke, R. (2014). 2014 Kokiri Putahi Indigenous Artists Gathering, Kohewhata marae, Kaikohe. Kohewhata marae, Kaikohe.
[Exhibition]Authored by: Jahnke, R.Contributed to by: Jahnke, R.
Jahnke, RH. (2014, November 13). Maori Market TSB Arena 13-16 November. (No. of Pieces: 2) [Wood, one way glass, mirror, neon, electricity.]. TSB Arena, Wellington.
[Exhibition]Authored by: Jahnke, R.
Te Whaiti, R. (2013) Te Whare Wananga. [Exhibition] [Oil and Acrylic on Canvas, 1000mm x 850mm]. Curated by Robert Jahnke titled, Matatau 2013. Featuring works by Robert Jahnke, Israel Birch, Ngahina Hohaia, Terri Te Tau, Rongomaiaia Te Whaiti, Tanu Aumua and David Pearce. Bath Street Gallery, Auckland, New Zealand. 20 Aug - 20 Sep 2013
[Artwork]Authored by: Jahnke, R., Te Whaiti, R.
Te Whaiti, R. (2013) Te Hihiri. [Exhibition] [Oil and acrylic on canvas, 1200mm x 1500mm (each)]. Palmerston North, New Zealand: Te Manawa Museum of Art, Science and History, 1 Nov 2013 - 28 Feb 2014
[Artwork]Authored by: Jahnke, R., Te Whaiti, R.Contributed to by: Te Whaiti, R.
Jahnke, R. (2013, April 20). Kaihono Ahua, Revisioning Contemporary New Zealand Art, The 7th Suter Biennale. (No. of Pieces: 4) [Lacquer on stainless steel 4 x 1000mm x 1000mm panels and Indian sculpture by Michael Parekowhai]. Suter Gallery, Nelson, New Zealand.
[Exhibition]Authored by: Jahnke, R.Contributed to by: Jahnke, R.
Jahnke, R. (2013). 2013 Te Atinga 25 years on. Mangere Community Centre. Curated by Nigel Borrell. (No. of Pieces: 1) Mangere Arts Center, Mangere, South Auckland.
[Exhibition]Authored by: Jahnke, R.Contributed to by: Jahnke, R.
Jahnke, RH. (2013). 2013 Curator of Matatau exhibition at Bath Street Gallery, Parnell. Artists Tanu Aumua, Israel Birch, David Pearce, Bob Jahnke.. [Some of my best friends are blind too. Lacquer on stainless steel]. Bath Street Gallery, Parnell.
[Exhibition]Authored by: Jahnke, R.Contributed to by: Jahnke, R.
jahnke, RH. (2013). 2014 Ngapuhi Festival Exhibition, Bay of islands College, Kaikohe. (No. of Pieces: 1) [Wooden sculpture]. Bay of islands College, Kaikohe.
[Exhibition]Authored by: Jahnke, R.Contributed to by: Jahnke, R.
Jahnke, RH. (2012, September 5). Whakawhiti Aria: Transmission. (No. of Pieces: Nine works, 8 new works 1000mm x 1000mm each -He upoko tuhi, He moko mokai ranei, He tipua, He tipuna, Nga mokai o Maui me the tara po I-IV.) [Lacquer on stainless steel. Nine works, 8 new works 1000mm x 1000mm each -He upoko tuhi, He moko mokai ranei, He tipua, He tipuna, Nga mokai o Maui me the tara po I-IV.]. Palmerston North, New Zealand: Te Manawa Gallery.
[Exhibition]Authored by: Jahnke, R.
Jahnke, RH. (2012, August 15). Infamous. (No. of Pieces: 5 new diptychs (1000mm x 1000mm) each panel) Bath Street Gallery, Parnell, Auckland, New Zealand.
[Exhibition]Authored by: Jahnke, R.

Thesis

Seccombe, K. (2018). The Clarity of Light: self-representation through art making : a personal response to the social justice work of WAI the Women's Art Initiative Collective. (Doctoral Thesis)
[Doctoral Thesis]Edited by: Jahnke, R.
Te Whaiti, R. (2014). Revealing Wānanga Through Paint and Portraiture. (Master's Thesis, Master of Māori Visual Arts, Te Pūtahi-a-Toi, Massey University, Palmerston North). Supervised by Associate Professor Ngatai Taepa and Professor Robert Jahnke)
[Masters Thesis]Authored by: Te Whaiti, R.Edited by: Jahnke, R., Taepa, N.

Conference

Jahnke, R., Te Waru Reweri, K., & Taepa, N.(2021, July). Art of Kōwhaiwhai and Māori Curatorial Practice.. .
[Conference]Authored by: Jahnke, R., Taepa, N.Contributed to by: Taepa, N.
Jahnke, RH. (2014, March). Jahnke, R.H. (2014). ‘Nau te Rourou’. 2014 Art & Craft Symposium Lecture Series. Todd Foundation Room Museum of Wellington City & Sea, Wellington. Saturday 1 March, 3-4pm.. Presented at Art & Craft Symposium Lecture Series.. Todd Foundation Room Museum of Wellington City & Sea, Wellington..
[Conference Oral Presentation]Authored by: Jahnke, R.Contributed to by: Jahnke, R.
Jahnke, RH., Mane-Wheoki, J., & Mason, N.Jahnke, R.H. (2014). Auckland Art Gallery Symposium panellist: Changing the Story: How do we understand contemporary indigenous art today, 11-12 April 2014.. . Auckland City Art Gallery
[Conference Paper]Authored by: Jahnke, R.Contributed to by: Jahnke, R.
Jahnke, RH. (2014, June). Nau te Rourou. Presented at 9th International Conference on the Arts in Society. Sapienza University of Rome, Italy.
[Conference Oral Presentation]Authored by: Jahnke, R.
Jahnke, RH.(2013, June). Maori Made: Visualized in Text. .
[Conference]Authored by: Jahnke, R.Contributed to by: Jahnke, R.
Jahnke, RH.(2013, June). Picturing Death in Maori Art. .
[Conference]Authored by: Jahnke, R.Contributed to by: Jahnke, R.
Jahnke, RH.(2012, July). Picturing Death in Maori Art. .
[Conference]Authored by: Jahnke, R.

Other

Jahnke, R. (2023, September). Te Wepu MMXXIII. In Gallery attendees. Presented at Webb's Gallery Wellington.
[Oral Presentation]Authored by: Jahnke, R.
Taepa, N., Macgregor, H., Puke, K., Foster, S., Taepa, W., Jahnke, R., . . . Te Ratana, S. (2021). Te Rau Karamu Marae.
[Other]Authored by: Foster, S., Jahnke, R., Macgregor, H., Taepa, N.
Jahnke, RH. (2015, April). Contemporary Maori Art presentation to the Waisculpt group form Masterton.. In Waisculpt group form Masterton.
[Oral Presentation]Authored by: Jahnke, R.
Birch, IT. (2013). Artist's talk for Kaihono Ahua Revisioning Contemporary New Zealand Art The 7th Suter Biennale. Curated by Anna Marie White, Suter Gallery. Nelson..
[Oral Presentation]Edited by: Jahnke, R., Taepa, N.
Jahnke, R., Birch, I., Hollis, R., & Taepa, N. (2013). Artist's talk for Kaihono Ahua Revisioning Contemporary New Zealand Art The 7th Suter Biennale. Curated by Anna Marie White, Suter Gallery. Nelson.. In Public gallery audience and friends of the gallery.
[Oral Presentation]Authored by: Jahnke, R., Taepa, N.Contributed to by: Jahnke, R.
Birch, IT., Jahnke, R., & Cotton, S. (2012). Contemporary Maori Visual Arts Seminar. Whakawhiti Aria: Transmission. Panel Disscusion. Presented at Te Manawa Art Gallery, Palmerston North.. : http://www.eventfinder.co.nz/2012/contemporary-maori-visual-arts-seminar/palmerston-north.
[Oral Presentation]Authored by: Jahnke, R.
Jahnke, RH.Ngaahina Hohaia: A journey in fibre.
[Other]Authored by: Jahnke, R.

Teaching and Supervision

Summary of Doctoral Supervision

Position Current Completed
Main Supervisor 4 9
Co-supervisor 3 1

Current Doctoral Supervision

Main Supervisor of:

  • Maioha Kara - Doctor of Philosophy
    In Good Relation: Engaging whakapapa and Māori metaphysics
  • Pahi O'Carroll - Doctor of Philosophy
    Origins, Evolution and Transformation of Taranaki Whakairo
  • Elizabeth Allen - Doctor of Philosophy
    (De)sire Obscūrā: Māori Women's Bodies and Colonial Discourses of Sexual and Racial Deviance.
  • Stephan Gibbs - Doctor of Philosophy
    Te Hoe Nukuroa

Co-supervisor of:

  • Bonita Bigham - Doctor of Philosophy
    Rel Niho Paraoa - Lei Niho Palaoa Exploring the duality of whakapapa and the evolution, survival and revival of ancient artistic practices in Aotearoa and Hawai'i as colonised comparitives.
  • Matariki Williams - Doctor of Philosophy
    Te Iho o nga Arotakenga Toi Maori: Linkages in Maori Art
  • Krystal Warren - Doctor of Philosophy
    Ipurangi: Māori, the internet and implications for tikanga Māori.

Completed Doctoral Supervision

Main Supervisor of:

  • 2023 - Erana Kaa - Doctor of Philosophy
    Ngā Kākahu ō te Kaikaranga: An Indigenisation of Apparel Construction.
  • 2023 - Tessa Ma'Auga - Doctor of Philosophy
    Movements from Pearl Rivers: Connections Flowing from Southern China to Aotearoa
  • 2023 - Fraser Henare - Doctor of Philosophy
    Unpacking ethnology within contemporary paradigms (The practice of packaging, transfer, and delivery.)
  • 2018 - Karen Seccombe - Doctor of Philosophy
    the clarity of light. Self-representation through art making: a personal response to the social justice work of WAI the Women's Art Initiative collect
  • 2016 - Terri Te Tau - Doctor of Philosophy
    Beyond the Corners of Our Whare
  • 2015 - Elizabeth Grant - Doctor of Philosophy
    Bronze as a non-customary intervention in the interpretation of insects from the natural world of Maori
  • 2015 - Areta Wilkinson - Doctor of Philosophy
    Jewellery as Pepeha: Contemporary Practice informed by Maori Inquiry
  • 2013 - Johnson Witehira - Doctor of Philosophy
    Tarai Korero Toi - Articulating a Maori Design Language
  • 2012 - Margaret Forster - Doctor of Philosophy
    Hei Whenua Papatipu: Kaitiakitanga and the politics of enhancing the Mauri of Wetlands

Co-supervisor of:

  • 2013 - Tupu Williams - Doctor of Philosophy
    Te Poihipi Tukairangi: te poutokomanawa o Ngati Ruingarangi Te Poihipi Tukairangi: the central support post of his hapu Ngati Ruingarangi