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.
Guided tours of the Whānau Mārama installations run daily - find details here