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Prof Bob Jahnke

Professor of Maori Visual Arts

School of Art


Prizes and Awards

  • 2018 College of Creative Arts Research Medal - Massey University (2018)
  • 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 Projects

Summary of Research Projects

Position Current Completed
Project Leader 2 4

Research Outputs


Creative Work



Teaching and Supervision

Courses Coordinated

Summary of Doctoral Supervision

Position Current Completed
Supervisor 6 6
Co-supervisor 1 1

Current Doctoral Supervision

Supervisor of:

  • Matariki Williams - Doctor of Philosophy
    Wananga korero: How to create matauranga Maori-informed critical writing on Maori art
  • Erana Kaa - Doctor of Philosophy
    He Kakahu O Te Kaikaranga: The clothing of the Kaikara
  • Tessa Ma'Auga - Doctor of Philosophy
    Conveying connections of the spirit in Chinese and Māori visual language
  • Fraser Findlay - Doctor of Philosophy
    Wha; Packaging ethnology within contemporary paradigms (contextualising what it is to be contemporary Maori through visual discussion
  • Elizabeth Allen - Doctor of Philosophy
    Carnal Colonialism - The Sexual Commodification of Maori Women's Bodies in Colonial Discourse.
  • Stephan Gibbs - Doctor of Philosophy
    Toi Tamanuhiri - "Hua Uri Kuri" Te Hoe Nukuroa A-Hoe! Exhibition -Tairawhiti Museum Artefact?

Co-supervisor of:

  • Krystal Warren - Doctor of Philosophy
    Ipurangi: Online Environments and Implications for Tikanga Maori Development

Completed Doctoral Supervision

Supervisor of:

  • 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

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