27 Sep 2010

Maori art expert Roger Neich dies

8:31 pm on 27 September 2010

One of the foremost authorities on Maori art, Roger Neich, has died at the age of 66.

A former curator of ethnology at the Auckland War Memorial Museum and professor of anthropology at the University of Auckland, Dr Neich wrote extensively on Maori and Pacific carving, textiles and other arts.

Te Arawa kaumatua Te Poroa Malcolm, a friend for 30 years, worked with Dr Neich on his last book, Carved Histories: Rotorua Ngati Taraawhai Woodcarving.

Mr Malcolm told Waatea News he was impressed by the meticulous approach Dr Neich took to recording the whakapapa and stories surrounding his tribe's traditions.