To celebrate Matariki ki te Manawa, Viaduct Harbour will be home to ‘HIWA’ – an exhibition of Māori excellence in a pop-up gallery space, located in the precinct’s Market Square.
From 23 June – 16 July, a selection of beautifully designed and thoughtfully crafted fashion and objects will be on display for the public to discover. 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).
From 7:00AM on Thursday 23rd June, 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.
Blair explains the inspiration behind HIWA. “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 sar 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.”
Part of Matariki ki te Manawa for the full programme visit https://heartofthecity.co.nz/matariki-ki-te-manawa.