Jonathan Mane-Wheoki was born in Otumoetai and educated at Pongakawa Primary School, Bay of Plenty, Titirangi Primary School and Kelston Boys High School in Auckland. He studied speech and drama at the Bailey Academy of Dramatic Art in Auckland under Gil Cornwall. From 1966-71 he attended the University of Canterbury's School of Fine Arts and completed a Dip.FA (Hons) in Painting in 1969 and a BA in English Language and Literature in 1971. He pursued postgraduate studies at the University of London Courtauld Institute of Art and graduated MA in Art History in 1974. In 1975 he was appointed Lecturer in Art History, School of Fine Arts, University of Canterbury, and from 2001-2004 he was Dean of Music and Fine Arts at the University of Canterbury. In 2004 he took up the appointment of Director of Art and Collection Services, Museum of New Zealand Te Papa Tongarewa and in 2009 he was appointed Head of Elam School of Fine Arts at the University of Auckland.
He wrote numerous non-fiction articles, papers, publications, reports and reviews with a focus on Māori art, New Zealand art, Victorian architecture, church architecture, early modern European art, cultural issues and museology. He delivered many conference papers and keynote addresses in New Zealand and overseas, and curated exhibitions with a focus on contemporary Māori art. He was interviewed on Radio New Zealand National and Concert, ABC Radio, Television One, TV3, commercial and access radio and television and for articles in New Zealand’s news media.
Mane-Wheoki served on many national and international bodies including the council of the New Zealand Academy for the Humanities: Te Whāinga Aronui; CNZ assessment panels; convenor, the Oceania Working Party for the Second Asia-Pacific Triennial of Contemporary Art, 1975; the committé Internationale du Pilotage for the Centre Culturel Jean-Marie Tjibaou, Nouméa, New Caledonia; panel member, Humanities, Marsden Fund, 1997-2000 and convenor 2001-2006; ministerial appointment to Marsden Council 2002-2006; ministerial appointment to Te Waka Toi 1994-1996; ministerial appointment to Arts Council, Creative New Zealand, 1996-1998; re-appointed 1998-1999. He was honorary Kaitiaki Māori [Curator of Māori Art], Robert McDougall Art Gallery, Christchurch from 1992-2004. He was a governor of the Arts Foundation of New Zealand, Deputy Chair of the Council for the Humanities and a member of the Council of the Royal Society of New Zealand.
Mane-Wheoki received many awards, scholarships and honours including the Ethel Rose Overton Scholarship (1969), L. B. Wood Travelling Scholarship (1972), University of Vienna Studentship (1973), QE II Arts Council Award (1974), Chettle Fellow, Department of Architecture, University of Sydney (1993), Visiting Lecturer, Agence de Developpement de la Culture Kanak, New Caledonia (Nov-Dec 1995), Visiting Scholar, Cultural Heritage Studies Research Centre, University of Canberra (Apr-May 1996), Visiting Scholar, Centre for Cross-Cultural Research/Humanities Research Centre, Australian National University (2000), Anna Crighton Award for Services to Heritage, Christchurch Civic Trust (2003), Honorary Life Member, Christchurch Art Gallery Society of Friends (2004).
Mane-Wheoki passed way on 10 October 2014
- Interviews and email correspondence with Jonathan Mane-Wheoki and access to his CV in 1996, 1998 and Sept. 2007.
- New Zealand WHO'S WHO Aotearoa 1995 Edition. Ed. Alistair Taylor. Auckland, N.Z.: New Zealand Who's Who Aotearoa, 1995. 353.
"He maimai aroha Jonathan Mane-Wheoki" Mana. 14 October, 2014. accessed 23 September 2016 (URL: http://www.mana.co.nz/news/he-maimai-aroha-jonathan-mane-wheoki)