Wāhine: Beyond the ‘Dusky Maiden’

6 June - 25 August | Turnbull Gallery | Free

This exhibition acknowledges and celebrates the mana of Māori women – from the female deities in Māori origin stories to the tīpuna wahine who played pivotal roles in our physical and cultural survival. It also tells the stories of some contemporary Māori women who continue the legacy of those who have gone before. Mana is…

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The Evolving Universe

10 June - 27 August | Expressions Whirinaki Arts and Entertainment Centre | Free

Journey from Earth to beyond our galaxy, travelling back through time and into space in The Evolving Universe. Through breath-taking photographs taken by the largest telescopes in the world, you will enter a world of supernovas, stellar nurseries and nebulae in this exclusive to Upper Hutt exhibition from the Smithsonian, USA. The Evolving Universe is…

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He Taonga Te Reo

17 June - 1 October | The Dowse Art Museum | Free

Celebrating 30 years of Māori being one of our official languages, this exhibition recognises te reo Māori as integral to Māori culture and the door to a Māori perspective on the world. Featuring a range of works from The Dowse Collection, the exhibition looks at how language is an expression of identity, beliefs and values;…

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Fiona Clark: Te iwi o te wahi kore

15 July - 29 October | The Dowse Art Museum | Free

My interest is in photographing those aspects of New Zealand society that I feel should be better understood.¹ Fiona Clark’s distinctive style of photography has developed from her ability to become a part of the communities she documents. This selection of 55 works in The Dowse collection from the series Te iwi o te wahi…

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Magical Māori Mystery Tour of Wellington

April - 30July | Courtenay Place Park | Free

Curated by Tina Makereti and written by Debbie Broughton and guests, this textual light box project engages elements of poetry, pastiche and parody to both explore a personal history of Wellington and critique the way Māori histories are represented. Designed by Johnson Witehira and Kemi Niko.

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Maureen Lander: Flat-pack Whakapapa

15 July - 29 October | The Dowse Art Museum | Free

Just as whakapapa (genealogy) reflects someone’s lineage and biology, the starting line of a kete determines how its patterning and size will develop. In Flat-pack Whakapapa, Maureen Lander will create three installations that explore the connections between whakapapa and raranga (Māori weaving). Flat-Pack Whakapapa considers kinship, family and friendship networks as well as genetic heritage.…

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Pukana whakarunga! Gaze wildly to the realm above! Pukana whakararo! Gaze wildly to the realm below!

1 June - 24 June | Toi Poneke | Free

A collection of works from leading Māori and Pacific artists inhabit Toi Pōneke Gallery alongside a virtual showcase of Taonga from The Museum of New Zealand Te Papa Tongarewa. Artists include Kauri Hawkins, Reweti Arapere, Ngatai Taepa, Kereama Taepa, David Hakaraia, Stevei Houkamau, Robyn Kahukiwa, Lonnie Hutchinson & Reuben Paterson. Image credit: Reuben Paterson Afternoon Delight…

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Matariki Dawn, an installation by Michel Tuffery and Yvonne de Mille

June 10 - July 30 | Mahara Gallery | Free

Mayor Gurunathan will open the exhibition at 4pm on Saturday 10 June, with Tu Meke, our renowned senior Kapiti kapahaka group. Artists Michel Tuffery and Yvonne de Mille are both inspired by the traditional use of Manu Aute and Manu Tukutuku kites during Matariki. Matariki Dawn installation references the excitement of the first sightings of…

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Nuku Tewhatewha

Daily | The Dowse Art Museum | Free

This nationally significant pātaka (Māori store house, usually for food) was built in 1856. It is the last of seven pātaka known as Ngā Pou o te Kīngitanga (Pillars of the Kingdom) that were carved across the North Island as symbols of support for the Kīngitanga (Māori King Movement). Nuku Tewhatewha has been on display…

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