• Ans Westra

On show at both {Suite} galleries until 8 May are exhibitions of colour images by New Zealand Arts Icon artist Ans Westra.

{Suite} Ponsonby is exhibiting a group of images made at a Ratana church event in 1965 at Te Rere a Kāpuni, a waterfall on the slopes of Mt Taranaki.

Included in the exhibition are images that are being shown for the first time. The photographs were taken in Easter 1965 when a pilgrimage of over 4,000 people descended to Te Rere a Kapuni, a waterfall on the southern slopes of Mt Taranaki.

From 1919 to 1939, T. W Ratana, the founder of the Ratana Church made frequent visits to Te Rere a Kapuni to meditate and refresh his powers. In 1925, Ratana prophesied that the marae at Opunake would be 'over-run by people' in the Easter of 1965. To fulfil the prophecy, a huge Ratana meeting took place that Easter. Organised by the Ratana Youth Clubs of New Zealand, it was attended by people from all over the country with bus loads of people coming and going from Ratana Pa to the mountain all weekend. Ans attended the gathering as the official photographer for Te Ao Hao magazine.


On show at {Suite} Wellington are Ans' ever popular floral studies from the early 2000s, an example of her ‘creative’ practise which sits alongside her well-known documentary work.

To view all of the images on show at both galleries click here.

Opening Hours

  • Tuesday - Friday 11am - 6pm
  • Saturday 11am - 4pm


  • 189 Ponsonby Road
  • Ponsonby, Tāmaki Makaurau, Auckland