Don't miss an exhibition of Māori excellence in a pop-up gallery space, located in Market Square.

The exhibition will showcase a selection of beautifully designed and thoughtfully crafted fashion and objects in a weatherproof gallery structure consisting of two containers with a walk-way through the middle, and a transparent roof over the top. The exterior features illuminated cladding that will beautifully light up the precinct in the evening. 

On Thursday June 23, a dawn karakia in Market Square will be held to celebrate the official opening of Hiwa. The morning will include an opportunity to meet the artists and is free to attend, see here for more details  

The gallery will be open from 7am to 7pm, Sunday to Wednesday and 7am to 9pm, Thursday to Saturday for visitors to walk through and explore for the duration of Matariki ki te Manawa. 

The inspiration behind Hiwa, as told by Tuhirangi Blair 

“Within the Matariki star cluster, Hiwa-i-te-Rangi was believed to be connected to the promise of a prosperous season. Dreams and desires were sent to the star during the celebration period and if the star was seen to shine bright, the desires wished upon the star would come true. The role of Hiwa-i-te-Rangi is to be the beacon that encourages us to step into the unknown and motivates us to go forward. The exhibition space will focus on hope and preparation in reference to the star and showcase some of the most promising Māori artists in Aotearoa. The offering will aim to serve an audience who has an appreciation for the process and admiration of the arts.”

The collection of Māori artisans, curated by Creative Director Tuhirangi Blair of Ngāti Whātua Ōrākei, include Yonel Watene (Ngāti Maru (Hauraki), Ngāpuhi, Te Rarawa, Ngāti Hine), Maraea Shaw (Ngāti Whātua, Ngāti Toa Rangatira), Ashleigh Taupaki (Ngāti Hako), Te Ara Minhinnick (Ngaati Te Ata), Atareta Black (Ngāti Kahungunu ki te Wairoa, Ngāti Ruapani) and Te Puawai weaving collective (Ngāti Whātua).

Proudly presented by Viaduct Harbour as part of Matariki ki te Manawa

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Last updated: 31 May 2022