• Ayesha Green
  • Conor Clarke
  • Louise Pōtiki-Bryant
  • Melissa Macleod
  • Te Kāhui Hono
  • Zina Swanson

Herbarium brings together the work of six artists and a weaving collective, each exploring the history of human relationships with plants in Aotearoa.

Reflecting on the way plants have been created, named, collected, controlled, protected, eradicated, or treasured, artists Ayesha Green, Conor Clarke, Louise Pōtiki-Bryant, Melissa Macleod, and Zina Swanson have made new artworks for display at Te Ara Ātea.

Cora-Allan Lafaiki Twiss’ Plant Sampler series is on loan from the Lincoln University collection.

Te Kāhui Hono, a collective of weavers from Selwyn and Ōtautahi, have created a large-scale installation, drawing attention to the ongoing importance of harakeke within te ao Māori. Each weaver has utilised a variety of harakeke that they have whakapapa connections to, from collections cared for by Manaaki Whenua Landcare Research.

Herbarium invites audiences to think critically about the plant life they engage with on a daily basis, and the impact that our botanical collection histories, language, and growing environmental awareness has on what we value.

Opening Hours

  • Monday - Wednesday, 9am - 6pm
  • Thursday, 9am - 8pm
  • Friday, 9am - 6pm
  • Saturday - Sunday, 10am - 4pm


  • Te Ara Ātea
  • 56 Tennyson Street
  • Tauwharekākaho, Rolleston 7614