Te Moana Meridian Conference is a day-long event presented by Artspace Aotearoa, Vā Moana and AUT. Featuring 16 of Aotearoa’s preeminent intellectual luminaries, the conference aims to unpack and explore the potential of Te Moana Meridian: a proposal to relocate the international prime meridian from Greenwich, UK, to its antipodean coordinates in Te Moana-Nui-ā-Kiwa / The Pacific Ocean.

This internationally relevant kaupapa seeks to not only review the function and legitimacy of a core piece of global infrastructure, but reimagine it entirely. and in doing so, consider how humanity might want to collectively and metaphysically locate, relate, and realign itself into the future.

The event is the critical public program as part of the exhibition Te Moana Meridian by Sam Hamilton. The conference will consist of a series of facilitated talanoa, panel discussions, and manaaki featuring experts across art, culture, politics, science, academia, and their many intersections.

You can register for free here.


Mihi whakatau/Introduction

Vā Moana led Talanoa
Moderator: Albert L Refiti
Participants: Pita Turei, Therese Mangoes, Sonny Natanielu, Emily Parr

Lunch break

Panel I: The culture of time and space
Moderator: Dina Jezdic
Participants: Dan Hikuroa, Jack Gray, Rhonda Tibble, Anisha Shankar

Panel II: Re-imagining the prime meridian in practice, politics and policy
Moderator: Janet McAllister
Participants: Janine Randerson, David Garcia, David Hall, Morgan Godfery



  • Free


  • Sat 27 Aug


  • 11:00 am — 6:15 pm


  • 292 Karangahape Rd
  • Newton, Tāmaki Makaurau, Auckland