Te Mete New Zealand Contemporary Maori Art

Award Winning Fine New Zealand Contemporary Maori Art By Te Mete.:

These artworks have been reproduced into Archival Museum Prints, and sold around the globe. Most original paintings by Te Mete have been sold, so this gives art buyers another avenue to collect Te Mete fine art pieces, whilst increasing there investment over time as the limited edition prints increase in value. The smaller the edition the more valuable the print is.


Ka Pakeke Te Haere Kaua E Hemo


100 in stock


Size: 420mm x 297mm (approx)

2015 “Ka Pakeke Te Haere Kaua E Hemo” English translation = When things are difficult don’t give up.

Te Mete was inspired by the story of maori travelling to Aotearoa from Hawaiiki on traditional waka (canoe)and arriving on the shores of the land of the long white cloud.

The exact date of Polynesian settlement of the islands of New Zealand is unknown. Although previously thought to have been between 950 -1130 AD, scholars now debate both the time and circumstances of first Polynesian settlement.

The mythical Polynesian navigator, Kupe, was estimated by ethnologists in the 19th and early 20th centuries as having arrived around 925. By the same scholars, the mythical Māori figure Toi was estimated as having visited New Zealand in 1150.

The Great Fleet, considered to be the first mass arrival of Polynesian settlers, was estimated to have arrived in 1350. Modern scholars are now questioning not only the exactitude of the above dates, but also the Great Fleet theory itself. The debate continues today.

The Great Fleet forms part of the Māori canoe tradition, handed down orally from generation to generation. According to this tradition, the canoes of the Great Fleet arrived from the mythical homeland of Hawaiiki, known as the ancestral homeland, and generally considered as being somewhere in Eastern Polynesia.

Maori are said to be the first settlers of New Zealand although there is evidence about the Moriori people who are said to be the indigenous people of the Chatham Islands NZ. said to have arrived around the same time

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Te Mete Smith (Te Mete) is a New Zealand Contemporary Maori Artist, he is adeeply symbolic, abstract, portrait and landscape Artist of Maori, Irish and French decent. He currently resides in, Opotiki NZ.

He was raised in Whanarua Bay in the Eastern Bay of Plenty. His parents both alternative and creative minded spent the early parts of his childhood raising the Artist in a Cave. The artists says “knowing what living basic really means, makes you fearless of the possibilities of what can be… and to be an artist you need to be fearless, it takes courage. My parents are both very inspiring people.”

His, anecdotal creations of beauty observed from what he describes as multi-faceted perspectives are inspired by deep involvement through years of work understanding himself though the eye of the gaze, voyaging history, people and the spirit of difference, but in tern creating difference as a reason to celebrate in Aotearoa (New Zealand) and the rest of the World.

Career Highlights:

Making History:

 Te Mete made international history after painting Louisa Wall (NZ Labour Politician) known for fronting the Equality Amendment Bill that give same sex couples the right to Marry in NZ, the original painting featured in Investment publications among artworks that have sold at Christies Auction in New York for multi millions.

Te Mete painted “The final Portrait of Carmen Rupe” a New Zealand icon and human equality visionary, the portrait was revealed in conjunction to an honorary Traditional Maori Ceremony (Powhiri) at Te Papa Museum (New Zealand National Museum) in Wellington on the 1/11/2013, the portrait was then revealed to the general public on the 2/11/2013. The portrait went on to sell at Auction in 2014 and sold for an undisclosed amount by a private collector who donated the piece to the NZ Parliament Art collection in Wellington.


 Throughout the years Te Mete has had many exhibitions throughout New Zealand and Australia, most of which have sold out, attracting buyers and investors from all parts of the globe.


 Te Mete has donated money through  the sales of his artworks for selected charities including, New  Zealand Aids Foundation, Rainbow Youth, Cartier Bereavement Trust, NZ Cancer Foundation, GABA, Cure Kids, Ronald McDonald House, World Vision,  among many other notable charities


Te Mete’s artwork has sold dividends in his professional art career, collectors from America, Dubai, England, Germany, Holland, Italy, New Zealand, Australia, Canada among others have made investments in the artists original works and prints.


Bachelor of Art & Design.