Notable Māori historian influenced thousands of fine arts students

A fine arts historian and author of notable published works Jonathan Wheoki-Mane (Ngāpuhi, Te Aupouri, Ngāti Kuri) passed away peacefully last Friday. 

He was widely known for his influence on thousands of students over a 35-year career span.

A leading lecturer whose post was the Elam School of Fine Arts at the time of his passing, having lost the battle to cancer of which he had been diagnosed with two years ago.

Jonathan received a CMNZ in this year's Queens Birthday Honours, and awarded a medal as Companion of the Auckland War Memorial Museum in recent weeks.

He's received the highest humanities honour conferred by the Royal Society and he was awarded an Honorary Doctorate by the University of Canterbury.

Raised in the Bay of Plenty and Titirangi, Auckland, Jonathan later moved to Christchurch and studied at the University of Canterbury.

He will lie in state at Waipapa Marae at the University of Auckland for one night this Friday.

A commemoration will be held at the Holy Trinity Cathedral in Auckland Saturday morning.  After mass, he will be taken to Piki Te Aroha Marae in Horeke before being laid to rest next to his father.