Raina Tutaki

Ngāti Kahungunu, Ngāi Tahu

1962 -

Raina Tutaki was born in Waipukurau and was educated at Flemington Primary School, St Matthew’s Collegiate School for Girls and Central Hawkes Bay College. She began B.A. studies at the University of Canterbury and graduated with a B.A. in History from Massey University in 1985. Tutaki became a STEPS programme trainee and Registrar at the Hawkes Bay Art Gallery and Museum. From 1986-88 she wrote book reviews and articles for the Napier Daily Telegraph. In 1987 Raina moved to the South Island and from 1988-89 was editor of Te Ropu Karere o Te Waipounamu, a newsletter published by the Ngāi Tahu Trust Board. In August 1989 she began working as an Advisory Officer in the Community Development Division of Internal Affairs in Christchurch, a position she held for three years. In 1993 she completed an honours paper in Māori Art at the University of Canterbury. She has also completed two extramural papers towards a Museum Studies Diploma. This is a postgraduate diploma available from Massey University. She worked as an administrator for the Relationship Services in Christchurch for two years and in 1994 co-ordinated the Ngata Centenary Celebrations at the University of Canterbury. She was a member of Nga Puna Waihanga. In 1997 Raina married Gavin Kingsley and has undertaken study towards a Personnel Management Diploma at Christchurch Polytechnic.

Biographical sources

  • Interview, phone conversation and correspondence with Raina Kingsley: 5 April 1993 and 3 and 9 August 1998.


  • "Day Two: Taha Māori: Working On The Edge Of Change." Daily Telegraph 17 Nov. 1987. No further details.
  • In this profile of Hawke’s Bay Polytechnic Craft and Design tutor Jacob Scott, Scott discusses his views on education, Māori input in his courses, and his role as a facilitator between the Polytechnic and the community.
  • "Day Two: Taha Māori: Rua Enjoys Getting Out To Meet People." Daily Telegraph 1 Dec. 1987. No further details.
  • Tutaki writes of Rua Tenana’s appointment as Head of the Department of Māori Affairs in Napier.
  • "Day Two: Taha Māori: Identity Strong at Hukarere." Daily Telegraph 1987. No further details.
  • A profile of Betty Pragnall, Te Kaiwhakahaere of Hukarere hostel for Māori girls attending Napier Girls’ High School.
  • "Marae In Their Own Backyard." Daily Telegraph 1987. No further details.
  • An account of the urban marae building project of Paula and Baden Batt of Greenmeadows, Napier.
  • First Flight: Profiles of the First Graduates of the Hawke’s Bay Polytechnic Craft and Design Certificate: 1987. Hawke’s Bay, N.Z.: Hawke’s Bay Polytechnic, 1987.
  • Photocopied catalogue produced by the Polytechnic in 1987.
  • "The Car Was My Goal." Weekend Star 13 Feb. 1988: 57.
  • Tutaki writes of John Jacoby’s attempt to win the Ford Laser TX3 Turbo in The Longest Day competition from Kumara to Sumner in February 1988.
  • "The Aoraki Festival: News from Te Waipounamu." Te Iwi o Aotearoa 7 (28 Mar. 1988): 17.
  • Tutaki writes of the Aoraki Festival held at the Holme Station, South Canterbury on February 12-14, 1988, and interviews Cliff Whiting, Keri Hulme, Cath Brown and Kera Brown.
  • "The Race Relations Office: Shona Hickey." Interviewed by Raina Tutaki and Kathleen Gallagher. Race Gender Class 8 (Mar. 1989): 83-89.
  • This interview with Shona Hickey opens with a summary in Māori and English of the scope, definition and authority of the New Zealand Race Relations Act which came into force in 1971. Hickey provides a history of the Race Relations Office, discusses its relationship with the Human Rights Commission, and outlines the nature of her work.
  • Te Tipunga: An Exhibition Of Works By Canterbury Māori Artists, 1993. [Christchurch, N.Z.: U of Canterbury School of Fine Arts], 1993.
  • A brief overview of Māori art and the connection of Māori art to the Fine Arts School, and an explanation of the group installation in the exhibition.
  • "Contemporary Māori Art." South Island Arts Project Newsletter 14 Oct. 1994. No further details.
  • An interview with three Māori artists, Christine Harvey, Chris Heaphy and Peter Robinson.
  • Reviews

  • "Lessons in Māori." Rev. of He Whakamarama: A new course in Māori, by John Foster. Daily Telegraph. No details.
  • "Mixture from Tuwhare." Rev. of Mihi: Collected Poems, by Hone Tuwhare. Daily Telegraph. 1986/7. No details.
  • "Delightful Books For Children In Māori." Rev. of Ko Au Tenei, by Patricia Grace. Daily Telegraph 10 Sept. 1986: 21.
  • "Beauty of Māori weaving revealed." Rev. of Te Aho Tapu, The Sacred Thread, by Mick Pendergrast. Daily Telegraph 26 Aug. 1987: 19.
  • "Authentic Picture From Women Of Another Culture." Rev. of Lionheart Gal: Life stories of Jamaican Women, ed. Honor Ford Smith. Daily Telegraph. 1987. No details.
  • Rev. of "Uha", by Pounamu. Te Karaka: The Ngāi Tahu Magazine Ngahuru [Autumn] (1995): 19.


  • Hubbard, Pauline. "Day Two: Museum: Sensitive Approach Has Paid Dividends: Māoris Coming To Visit Museums." Daily Telegraph 23 June 1987: 5.