• Vicki Lenihan (Waitaha, Kāti Māmoe, Ngāi Tahu)
  • Paemanu Ngāi Tahu Contemporary Visual Arts

Chance upon a treasure. Be surprised as you go about your daily business. Reimagine George Street, filled with birdsong.

The call of native manu invites avian and sapien visitors back to the area, to explore its past, present and future infrastructural, social and environmental systems.

It aims to reestablish the olden times proliferation of our taoka species in our city’s main street and is a metaphor for the reindigenising of the creative landscape that parallels the reinvolvement of Mana Whenua in our city’s creative storytelling.

This installation is a call to action, a wero to the citizens of Ōtepoti to uphold Mana Whenua liberty to be seen and heard on our tūrakawaewae, and to embrace the celebration of our stories in our place. At its roots, through the beauty of the voices of our feathered cohabitants, it is also a calming respite from the hubbub of the CBD’s daily machinations.

Recordings of Town Belt native manu will play in series along George Street, from dawn until dusk. QR codes and flyers (including braille transcriptions) will support each site with biological and cultural information about one of the many manu that are indigenous to the landscape.

Vicki Lenihan (Waitaha, Kāti Māmoe, Ngāi Tahu) is a multimedia artist whose practice centres on sustainability, celebrating identity interwoven with our unique and irreplaceable environment, and highlighting issues connected to self-determination and hauora. She is also a writer, an educator, a museum professional, a regular broadcaster, an arts producer, Community Events Advisor – Cultural at the Dunedin City Council, and involved in the Paemanu Ngāi Tahu Contemporary Visual Arts collective curation of the current kaupapa Māori intervention at the Dunedin Public Art Gallery.


  • Dawn – Dusk, Daily


  • George Street
  • Between Moray Place and Frederick Street
  • Dunedin