Dr Benjamin Frank Pitman ONZM

Matua Benjamin proudly wearing the Wairau Maori Art Gallery name during the opening of the WMAG gallery and Hundertwasser Art Centre in 2022. A painter, Benjamin was one of the first Bachelor's and Master’s Fine Arts degree Graduates with both degrees from Elam School of Fine Arts, Auckland University. and the first-ever Maori graduate with both degrees.
Matua Benjamin whilst receiving his ONZM in 2022 from the Governor General, Dame Cindy Kiro. In 2021 Matua Benjamin was awarded a Queen's Birthday Honour. Officer of the New Zealand Order of Merit: for services to Māori and Art
Matua Benjamin pictured with some of the WMAG board and Sir Chris Mace and Lady Dayle Mace in 2022.
Matua Benjamin speaking to art students in front of Lonnie Hutchinson's 'Hibiscus Cave'