Te Maharatanga o Ngā Wai – Wai o Horotiu is a temporary lighting installation at Tāmaki Pātaka Kōrero/Central Library. 

The graphic artwork by Etienne Neho and Graham Tipene of Ngāti Whātua Ōrākei has been designed to prompt us all to remember the natural waterways and systems of the city centre which have been covered over and piped as part of assuming the contemporary urban form of Tāmaki Makaurau. Wai o Horotiu still flows within the valley and as part of te hurihanga wai (the natural water cycle) remain important components of our urban and cultural landscapes worthy of our acknowledgement.

A kōrero in both Te Reo Māori and English has been prepared as part of the installation. This kōrero expands the whakaaro (thinking) behind the graphic, and a QR code links users to other public realm projects in the city centre which share a focus on restoring the mauri (life force) of our urban waterways and systems.

Oranga wai, oranga tāngata – healthy waters, healthy people

This installation will be extended to be part of programming curated for Matariki Festival with iwi manaaki Ngāti Whātua Ōrākei for Matariki ki te Manawa

$2 per hour to a max of $12 on weekends and a $12 flat rate for weekday evenings at The Civic car park. Find out more

Last updated: 22 April 2022