The collection of art at Tapu Te Ranga Marae is well worth seeing. Scattered throughout the grounds and covering every spare space inside is an impressive array of artwork ranging from the simplicity of childfrens drawings through to major pieces by well known painters and sculptors.
"In 1998 Bruce Stewart, rangatira of Tapu Te Ranga marae in Island Bay, Wellington asked me for artwork for the new Whare Wahine, Ukaipo. Te Waka Toi, the Maori arm of Creative New Zealand , gave me a generous grant to enable me to undertake this work, For me, a woman artist of Maori descent, this was a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity. To be involved with the making of artworks for a whare was an honour and a privilege. It was doubly signigicant for the degree of involvement in creation of a house that is limited to men in many iwi. It took about 18 months to create the pou and to complete the painting."
Robyn Kahukiwa - excerpt from the book The Art of Robyn Kahukiwa.
Maori artist, Vanessa Patea was commissioned to create a contemporary three-dimensional mural incorporating the designs of early Maori rock art for the marae's first whare, Tane Whaiora.