For the closing event of Powātū: Active Presence, Natalie Robertson will be in conversation with John Miller and Elisapeta Heta about the legacy of the photograph, storytelling and the marae.

Coffee and Croissants is an ongoing series where you can listen in on stimulating conversation for the sweet price of a coffee and croissant.

Hospitality will be provided by Objectspace's partners Allpress Espresso and Amano Bakery. Coffee pouring from 10.30am and talk begins at 11am. Tickets are $8 (plus booking fees) here.


Natalie Robertson (Ngāti Porou, Clann Dhònnchaidh) is a photographic and moving image artist and Senior Lecturer at AUT University, Tāmaki Makaurau (Auckland). Much of Robertson’s practice is based in Te Tai Rawhiti, her East Coast Ngati Porou homelands. Here, her focus is on her ancestral Waiapu River and the protracted catastrophic impacts of colonisation, deforestation, and agriculture.

John Miller (Ngāpuhi) a tohunga kaiwhakaahua (photographer) has been creating work since the late 1960s. Miller’s best-known work, has been the documentation of radical protest in New Zealand. Rather than merely being the subject of his work, protest has been his muse.

Elisapeta Hinemoa Heta (Ngātiwai, Waikato Tainui) a kaihoahoa whare (architectural designer) works through a multi-disciplinary practice to create experiences make visible, our stories many of which have been hidden or eroded – with a focus indigenous and wāhine (women’s) stories. Heta has worked through her practice Jasmax on several cultural and civic projects, and through her personal practice as an artist on multiple exhibitions and publications that sought to educate, empower and to also affirm sovereignty and connectedness to identity and whenua (land).


  • Free


  • Sun 30 May


  • 10:30 am


  • 13 Rose Road, Ponsonby
  • Tāmaki Makaurau, Auckland