Ngā Mata o te Ariki | The Eyes of God - Viaduct Harbour

Ngā Mata o te Ariki | The Eyes of God

Mānawa maiea te putanga o Matariki
Mānawa maiea te ariki o te rangi
Mānawa maiea te mātahi o te tau

Hail the rise of Matariki
Hail the lord of the sky
Hail the New Year

Conceptualised by Viaduct Harbour Matariki creative director Tuhirangi Blair (Ngāti Whātua Ōrākei), Ngā Mata o te Ariki (The Eyes of God) will bring the stars of the Matariki cluster to life, expressed through colour, sound and moving depictions on the ceiling of the installation.

Designed and built by Angus Muir Design, this full-scale installation will light up Market Square every night during the Matariki observation period in reference to the connection between the Matariki star cluster and the natural world. It is believed that the cluster is a whānau in the heavens and that each star plays an integral role in traditional life. The celestial parents are Rehua and Matariki (orange and blue) who are connected to wellness and medicine.

Their children are Pōhutukawa /death (red), Tupuānuku / food from the earth (purple) , Tupuārangi / food from the sky (green), Waitī / freshwater life (pink), Waitā / saltwater life (orange), Ururangi / wind (blue), Waipunarangi / rain (lilac), and Hiwa-i-te-rangi / prosperity (gold).

On display in Market Square from 2 July to 10 July

Part of Matariki Taimoana for the full programme of over 20 events visit