The Team

Many people were involved in producing this website over the last few years. We would like to thank everyone who gave their time and energy. On this page you can read about the core team of people who dedicated their time to the creation of Whakamīharo Lindauer Online.

Ngahiraka Mason

Ngahiraka Mason
Ngahiraka Mason was born and raised in Te Urewera where her formative experiences shaped her life interests. A trained fine artist and art historian, she was a curator at Auckland Art Gallery Toi o Tāmaki from 1999 to 2015. Her first exhibition was Urewera Mural: Colin McCahon. Ngahiraka was a trustee on Te Māori Manaaki Taonga Trust. The Trust was established after the watershed exhibition Te Māori: Māori Art from New Zealand Collections (1984 - 87) to 'encourage and provide for education and training of Māori in the skills required for the care and display of taonga Māori'. Her curatorial interests strongly relate to old knowledge and new understandings within indigenous sites of knowledge, to generate awareness of the value of culture.


Catherine Hammond

Catherine Hammond
Catherine was born in East Tāmaki and since 2000 has worked at the Auckland Art Gallery Toi o Tāmaki as Research Librarian. Catherine and Ngahiraka Mason developed the original concept and funding application for Whakamīharo Lindauer Online in 2007, and since then she has worked on various aspects of the project including descendant permissions, development of protocols, indexing of the Visitors' Book, and the editing of website content. Other aspects of her role include being the managing editor of Reading Room, the Gallery's annual journal of contemporary art and culture.

Caroline McBride

Caroline McBride
Caroline McBride was the joint Project Manager of the Lindauer Online Project. Caroline concentrated on collecting the content of the site. She carried out research and wrote on some of the sitters featured in the portraits; worked with Mere Lodge on gaining iwi permissions; met with partners and descendants; sourced and gained permission for related images; commissioned and liaised with essay writers, and sought regional museum partners to contribute to the site. Caroline is the Auckland Art Gallery Toi o Tāmaki's Librarian/Archivist.

Mere Lodge

Mere Waihuka Lodge
Dip F.A. Dip Tch, Haerewa Advisory Group, Iwi Consultant Toi o Tamaki Auckland Art Gallery. Ngati Porou.
Ko taku mahi hei whakapaa atu ki nga uri whaimana, o nga tupuna i peitatia e Lindauaer, kia whai whakaaro ratou ki te tuku nga whakaahua, ki runga i tenei paetukutuku. Nga mihi nui ki a ratou i whakaea ki tenei kaupapa, me etahi ano kei te whakaaro tonu. Ko te wawata ka tukuna a te wa, kia tuitui nga whakapapa hononga a nga tipuna nei, ki tena, ki tena. " He aha te mea nui, he tangata, he tangata".

Sarah Eades

Sarah Eades
Born in the UK, Sarah was the Auckland Art Gallery Toi o Tāmaki's online communication coordinator, managing all of the Gallery's online environments during her time with the Gallery. Along with Caroline McBride, Sarah was the joint Project Manager of the Lindauer Online Project. Her main roles were liaising with Terabyte, the company tasked with the job of creating the website and loading and testing the content that you now see on the website. Some of the other tasks she was also involved in were organising the filming with descendants and reformatting the Visitors' Book for the website.


John McIver

John McIver

John is the systems administrator and photographer at the Auckland Art Gallery Toi o Tāmaki and has been with the Gallery for over 25 years. He was in charge of all the images that can now be seen on the website. This has involved reformatting, cropping and rephotographing hundreds of images. John photographed over 300 pages of the Visitors' Book twice for the website to ensure we had the best possible images available.

Te Haumihiata Mason

Te Haumihiata Mason
Born by the sea in Tauranga Moana and raised in the bush in the nation of Tūhoe, Te Haumihiata Mason has spent a lifetime devoted to te reo Māori. Her formative years were spent in a monolingual Māori language community at a time when most of the food on the table was sourced from the land, bush and river. Growing up in this environment instilled in Te Haumihiata a passion for te reo Māori, a love of native flora and fauna and a compulsion for growing things. It also paved the way for some exciting work throughout her career and informed her work at Te Taura Whiri i te Reo Māori where she was until recently the Kaitiaki Reo.

MacDougallHohepa MacDougall

Hohepa MacDougall
Ngāi Tūhoe. Ko Parekohe te maunga, ko Hamua te hapū, ko Waikirikiri te marae. Hohepa translated the entries in the Visitors' Book for the Whakamiharo Lindauer Online during his time as a translator for Te Taura Whiri i te Reo Māori, the Māori Language Commission. He grew up on the edge of Te Urewera forest at Ruatoki with his grandmother and family.  Te Urewera is where he formulated his world view; he draws on those customs and traditions in both his professional and personal life. His first language is Te Reo Māori. He has a Diploma in Social Work, an advanced Certificate in Adult Teaching as well as registration as a Licensed Translator and Interpreter.

David ReevesDavid Reeves

David Reeves
David Reeves was the Senior Registrar at the Auckland Art Gallery until May 2009.  In this role he led the team responsible for the storage, transport and documentation of the gallery's collection and its inward and outward loans. David was part of the core project team that saw the digitisation and online publication of the gallery's entire collection in 2001-2003.  His professional interests include museum building design and the inter-relationship of collection management systems with public discovery of collection information.  He was involved in the early planning of the Lindauer Online project contributing to the initial scoping, philosophy and objectives of the project.


Terabyte - Web Developers
Dynamic and innovative web developers, Terabyte began working with the Lindauer Online project in late 2009. The Terabyte team consists of Project Managers, Creative designers, Information Architects, Flash, HTML and .NET developers and Quality Assurance specialists who spend a lot of time online and are very passionate about the Internet. Their challenge was to build a multi-language website combining research content and an elaborate portrait viewing system with a community focus allowing visitors to experience and contribute to the story - connecting visitors from the past with those of the present and future.

Tāia tēnei whārangi | Print this page
  • Whakaahua Mūori | Mūori Portraits

    View the portraits of Māori painted by Gottfried Lindauer in the late 1800s and early 1900s. Search for specific portraits by iwi or keyword and view the painting in detail through the zoom viewer.

  • Tangata pūkenga | The Artist

    Learn about Gottfried Lindauer, one of the best-known painters of Māori portraits. Read about his painting techniques, why the works were painted, and the role of his patron Henry Partridge.

  • Documentary series | Behind the Brush

    The Māori Television series Behind the Brush brings alive the stories of descendants and to uncover the lives of the artist, the patron and tupuna Māori.

  • Pukapuka manuhiri | Visitors Book

    Turn the pages, view the hundreds of comments and signatures, read the transcription and translation, and search by name and place. A digitisation of an historical legacy.