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Robert Jahnke

Robert_Jahnke.jpgProfessor Robert Jahnke’s artistic practice straddles design, illustration, animation and sculpture. Robert grew up on the East Coast at Waipiro Bay with a hapu affiliation with Te Whanau a Rakairoa of Ngāti Porou. He was educated at Hato Paora College and holds a Master of Fine Arts from Elam at the University of Auckland and a Master of Fine Arts in Experimental Animation from the California Institute of the Arts. He is currently head of Te Pūtahi-a-Toi, School of Māori Studies, Massey University.

Selected bibliography:
  • The House of the People text by Ron Bacon (Collins 1977).
  • The Fish of Our Fathers text by Ron Bacon (Waiatarua Publishing 1984).
  • Friend Troll Friend Taniwha text by Anne De Roo (Hodder & Stoughton 1986).
  • The Home of the Winds text by Ron Bacon (Waiatarua Publishing 1986).
  • Russell Clark Award 1978 for The House of the People.


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