Story: English language in New Zealand

New Zealand language in art

Artist John Reynolds mined Harry's Orsman's Dictionary of New Zealand English for his 2007 artwork 'Looking west, late afternoon, low water', which is named after a poem by Allen Curnow. The piece comprises 1,175 small canvases inscribed with Māori words recorded in the dictionary.

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Adam Art Gallery Te Pātaka Toi
Reference: VUW.2007.3
Acrylic on canvas by John Reynolds

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Dianne Bardsley, 'English language in New Zealand - Words from the Māori language', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, (accessed 23 May 2022)

Story by Dianne Bardsley, published 5 Sep 2013