Exhibition Launch Hīkoi and Hāngī: The Slipping Away

Saturday 6 July, 4-6pm

gusfishergallery.auckland.ac.nz

Join us for a hīkoi and a hāngī to mark the opening of our next exhibition, The Slipping Away.

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4pm | Hīkoi commences from Michael Parekowhai's The Lighthouse, Queens Wharf, Auckland led by Graham Tipene (Ngāti Whātua Ōrakei).

5pm | Ian Wedde remembers Bill Culbert

Just after 5pm | Hāngī served at Gus Fisher Gallery

4-6pm | The Slipping Away exhibition open to the public for viewing

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Gus Fisher Gallery stands on the city’s original shoreline. Overlooking Point Britomart, Shortland Street was the first main street in Auckland. The land beyond the gallery to the current shoreline is reclaimed wharf. The exhibition’s title refers to a place in Official Bay called The Slipping Away / Te Hororoa which was the site of a historic tragedy when part of a pā slipped into the sea causing a number of people to perish. This was seen as a bad omen and was thought to foretell the later invasion of Ngāti Whātua from the North West. The exhibition’s multifaceted title therefore refers to a physical place, a historic tragedy and a possible warning of things to come.