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Tohu Whakatipu

Te Rawheoro (still from Takuahiroa)
24 Jun 2022 to 16 Oct 2022
9 to 5pm, Monday - Saturday | 9 to 4 pm, Sunday
Māori Artists Create Symbols for The Future Symbols can offer us an access point and a way to interpret things we don’t understand.
Event type: 
Art, Exhibition, Public Art
See decription
Wairau Māori Art Gallery
2 Quayside, Town Basin, Whangarei
National, Northland, Auckland


For Māori a tohu is not only a sign or an emblem; it can also act as a set of directions or wayfinding that allows us to navigate the complexities of contemporary life.

Tohu Whakatipu explores the unique symbolism and visual languages of three of Aotearoa’s most exciting Māori artists.

Featuring work by Lonnie Hutchinson (Ngāi Tahu, Samoan, Scottish), Kaaterina Kerekere (Te Aitanga-a-Hauiti, Ngāi Tāmanuhiri, Rongowhakaata, Rangitāne, Ngāi Tahu) and Rangi Kipa (Te Ātiawa, Taranaki, Ngāti Tama ki te Tauihu) Tohu Whakatipu unpacks issues that are relevant for many Māori.

“Māori art and design are one of the key identifiers of our cultural identity and heritage. The icons, motifs and stories are unique to our whānau, hapū and iwi.” - Kaaterina Kerekere

Image credit: Kaaterina Kerekere, Te Rawheoro (still from Takuahiroa),
2019. Courtesy of the artist.

Ticket Information

  • Adult: Entry for New Zealand citizens or residents visiting from outside of the Whangarei District.: $21.00 ea
  • Whangarei District Residents Entry for one adult living in the Whangarei District, : $15.00 ea
  • Adult 65+ Entry for adults over 65 with identification.: $15.00 ea
  • Child Entry for children up to 16 years. Children under 12 must be accompanied by an adult.: $10.00 ea
  • Student Entry for post secondary school students with identification.: $15.00 ea
  • Family (2 adults and 3 children): $45.00 ea
  • International Adult Entry for adults visiting New Zealand from overseas.: $32.00 ea
  • International Family (2 adults and 3 children) Entry for a family visiting New Zealand: $75.00 ea

Written by

Wairau Māori Art Gallery

20 Jun 2022