Wairau Māori Art Gallery – Opening Event Canceled

Omicron has made her presence felt in Whangarei and as a result Elizabeth Ellis, Chair of the Wairau Māori Art Gallery Charitable Trust sadly and unanimously agreed with her fellow board members:

1. Cancel the official opening events scheduled for the Wairau Māori Art Gallery on Saturday February 19 in order to hold an event to coincide with Matariki on Friday June 24, 2022, when there will hopefully be less concerns related to Covid-19.

2. Cancel the two lectures by curator Nigel Borell, MNZM, related to our first exhibition “Puhi Ariki”, scheduled for Sunday February 20.

3. Welcoming visitors to our first “Puhi Ariki” exhibition, as soon as the doors open on Sunday February 20.

4. Adjust the schedule accordingly for the first two exhibitions in 2022.

These decisions were made for health and safety reasons in this still-developing Omicron environment.

Dr. Benjamin Pittman, ONZM, President of Te Parawhau, has confirmed that they will still be performing the necessary karakia in restricted, invitation-only ceremonies on February 17, 18 and 19. The karakia are related to the pou, mauri stone and water bowl of the Wairau Māori Art Gallery and the official opening of ‘Puhi Ariki’. They will also cover the planting of a Rimu tree from Hundertwasser’s Kaurinui property in Waikare.

Opening events scheduled for Saturday February 19 for the Hundertwasser Art Center side of the complex have also been cancelled, with the doors to the building and exhibit opening Sunday February 20.

Ko ngā tapuwae o ngā tūpuna ka riro te kore noa iho.

Ka mahue ko or hei whāinga mo te tai hekenga rea.

Ancestral footprints are not eternal.

The rising tide clears everything for a fresh start.

Exhibition details:

Puhi Ariki Organized by Nigel Borell, MNZM (Pirirākau, Ngāi Te Rangi, Ngāti Ranginui, Te Whakatōhea)

Featured Artists:

Ralph Hotere, Selwyn Muru, Maureen Lander, Emily Karaka, John Miller, Te Hemoata Henare, Israel Tangaroa Birch, Nova Paul and Leilani Kake.

When: Open to the public from Sunday 20 February

Hours: Monday – Saturday 10 a.m. – 5 p.m.

Sunday 10 a.m.
4 p.m.

Or: Wairau Māori Art Gallery and Hundertwasser Art Center Hātea Art Precinct, 81 Dent Street, Town Basin Whangārei 0110, Aotearoa New Zealand

Wairau Maori Art Gallery Trust

Elizabeth Ellis CNZM (Chair), Elizabeth Hauraki (Treasurer), Dr Benjamin Pittman ONZM (Secretary), Tim Melville, Karl Chitham, Nigel Borell MNZM, Danny Tuato’o (Legal Advisor), Steve Watene (Financial Advisor), Dr Patu Hohepa (Kaumatua), Lisa Reihana MNZM, Ngahuia Harrison and Taipari Munro.

Kaituhi Kairangi – Founding Patrons

Sir Chris Mace KNZM (Ngāti Porou, Te Whanau-ā-Apanui) Peter Cooper CNZM (Te Rarawa, Te Aupōuri, Ngāti Kuri)

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