For this event, join Ngahuia Harrison to explore her work presented as part of Toro Whakaara: Responses to our built environment.

This conversation will touch on Ngahuia’s current research projects considering harbour kaitiakitanga in Whangārei, Kawhia and Manukau, alongside insights into Coastal Cannibals, her ongoing body of work featured in Toro Whakaara.

Coastal Cannibals draws on Ngahuia’s research into the effects of the Marine and Coastal Area (Takutai Moana) Act 2011 upon her iwi, Ngātiwai. This most recent iteration of work explores the tension between the rights and responsibilities of stewardship by mana whenua, and the impact of industrial expansion around Whangārei Harbour, Mount Manaia and Marsden Point in Northland.

Hospitality will be provided by our extraordinary partners Allpress Espresso and Amano Bakery.

Ngahuia Harrison (Ngātiwai, Ngāpuhi, Pākehā) is an artist and researcher based in Tāmaki Makaurau Auckland and Whangārei. She completed her Master of Fine Arts from Elam School of Fine Arts in 2012, and is a current doctoral candidate at Elam and the James Henare Māori Research Centre, University of Auckland. Working with a 4x5 large-format camera and other lens-based media, Harrison’s images explore tribal narratives intertwined with bodies of water. Harrison is interested how heavy industry, particularly in and around the Whangārei Harbour, either overshadows or is overshadowed by longer tribal histories and attachment to place.

Registration is essential for this event.

As per Covid-19 protocols, attendees will need to scan in for contact tracing, present a Vaccine Pass and follow mask-wearing guidelines.


  • Sun 20 Feb


  • 10:30 am — 12:00 pm


  • 13 Rose Road
  • Ponsonby
  • Tāmaki Makaurau Auckland, 1021