Join curators and artists of Māori Moving Image to discuss the latest iteration of the project, Māori Moving Image Te Awakairangi, as well as the beautiful forthcoming publication.

Curators Melanie Oliver and Bridget Reweti will be joined by artists Suzanne Tamaki, Terri Te Tau and Jamie Berry, as well as Nina Tonga, Curator of Contemporary Art at Te Papa Tongarewa and contributor to the book, Māori Moving Image, which will be available for purchase on the day.

Māori Moving Image ki Te Awakairangi welcomes you into a bespoke karaoke booth to view the works of five Māori artists, who were invited to create video responses to Māori songs. Just as waiata can support a speaker, these new moving image works tautoko the musicians’ advocacy for te reo and mātauranga Māori.

Māori Moving Image ki Te Awakairangi is part of an ongoing project by curators Bridget Reweti and Melanie Oliver, developed in partnership between The Dowse Art Museum and Christchurch Art Gallery Te Puna o Waiwhetū, that explores the history of Māori artists who have used animation, film and video as a medium over the past 40 years.

Māori Moving Image ki Te Awakairangi features works by:

  • Jamie Berry (responding to ‘A.E.I.O.U. (Akona Te Reo)’ by Moana and the Moa Hunters)

  • Luther Ashford (responding to ‘Poi E’ by Patea Māori Club and Dalvanius Prime)

  • Kahurangiariki Smith (responding to ‘True Love’ by Troy Kingi)

  • Suzanne Tamaki (responding to ‘Owner’ by Ria Hall)

  • Terri Te Tau (responding to ‘Blue Smoke’ by Pixie Williams, Ruru Karaitiana, Lisa Tomlins, and Kirsten Te Rito)


  • Sat 09 Jul


  • 11:00 am — 12:00 pm


  • 45 Laings Road
  • Lower Hutt, New Zealand