NZ artist Ralph Hotere has died

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Ralph Hotere, one of New Zealand’s most recognised and distinguished artist has died.
For well over five decades, the 81-year-old artist became famous  for producing art works around key events in New Zealand’s history. His paintings have been described as dark and poetic.
He was made a Member of the Order of New Zealand in 2011 – the only person to be awarded the country’s highest honour that year. His award was given to him by New Zealand Governor-General Lieutenant General Sir Jerry Mateparae in the Dunedin Public Art Gallery.
Sir Jerry said at the time that the award “speaks of service, merit, endeavour, perseverance, commitment, excellence and, above all, mana”.
Hotere  was born in Northland and is of Te Aupouri iwi descent. He later moved to Port Chalmers in Otago – an area that became an important part of his work.

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