Whānau Mārama gathers together Māori artists and researchers under the nine whetū of Matariki to deepen collective understanding of the Māori new year. Presented throughout the Commercial Bay precinct, the artworks reflect Indigenous ways of knowing and being, remembering histories, documenting the present, and re-imagining the world to come. As a cluster, as a map, the artists and works guide us towards an Indigenous Future.

Facilitated by artist Jade Townsend, Whānau Mārama celebrates the mātauranga associated with Matariki. The star cluster is engaged as a frame for contemporary Māori art practice, drawing on its functions as an aid to navigation and as a marker of a period of reflection and renewal. Re-connecting us to our genealogies and the environment that supports us, the stars help us to recognise the cultural and political distances between us, while offering a way to unite.

Tours in English depart from Season every day at 12:10pm.

Tours in te reo Māori depart from Season at 1:10pm on the following dates:
Tuesday 28 and Wednesday 29 June
Friday 1 and Saturday 2 July
Friday 8 and Saturday 9 July

To book a place or places, please contact Jade Townsend.


  • Sat 18 Jun — Sun 10 Jul


  • 12:00 pm — 2:00 pm

Meeting Location

  • 6 Lower Albert Street
  • Commercial Bay
  • Tāmaki Makaurau 1010