• Caitlin Rose Donnelly
  • Kate Stevens West
  • Alix Ashworth
  • Emma Kitson

Kia ora does not just mean hello or thank you. More deeply, it means to see; I see you, all of you. It acknowledges presence and mana. This is an exhibition to say: ‘I see you, mother.’

This project presents new work by Alix Ashworth, Caitlin Rose Donnelly, Emma Kitson, and Kate Stevens West. Each artist reflects on their whakapapa and the transformative experience of parenthood. The kaupapa responds to the overrepresentation of Māori women in postnatal depression statistics and the work is grounded in processes of care, repetitive labour, and intimacy.

Kia ora Whaea was developed after the artists were introduced through Paemanu: Tauraka Toi - A Landing Place, a landmark exhibition featuring works and performances by more than 40 Kāi Tahu artists at Dunedin Public Art Gallery between 11 December 2021 - 25 April 2022.

Thank you to Paemanu Ngā Tahu Contemporary Visual Arts, Mothers Matter, Hākui, and Otago Museum for their support of Kia ora Whaea.

Opening Hours

  • Tuesday-Friday, 11am–5pm
  • Saturday, 11am–3pm


  • 16 Dowling Street
  • Ōtepoti, Dunedin