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Te Ao Mārama: The 'space for decolonisation to begin'?

22 Sep 2022
Thursday 22 September, 5pm - 8pm
Join an expert panel as they explore the extent to which the Museum's Te Ao Mārama precinct is the ‘space for decolonisation to begin’.
Event type: 
Cultural, Festival
Free, bookings essential
Auckland Museum
Auckland Domain, Parnell


Opened in December 2020, Auckland Museum’s award-winning Te Ao Mārama South Atrium precinct represents the most significant intervention in the Museum’s architecture in decades. Delivering catalytic change in cultural orientation to the Museum and in public engagement, Te Ao Mārama is very rapidly cementing the role of the Museum as a cultural and social anchor role in Tāmaki Makaurau. Through its specially commissioned artworks, visitors are now experiencing unique mana whenua and Pasifika welcome and narratives. The scale and dimensionality of the suspended Tanoa (kava bowl) architecture has been fully revealed, lifting the cultural dignity of this important threshold to the Museum.

Te Ao Mārama (the Realm of Light) represents a step change in the development of a bicultural and communitarian architecture at Auckland Museum, a building steeped in the formality of the western design tradition. It signals the present and the future of Tāmaki, connecting but also breaking with the Museum’s colonial heritage. Addressing Albert Refiti’s recent provocation, our four speakers will explore the extent to which Te Ao Mārama is the ‘space for decolonisation to begin’. 

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Auckland Museum

23 Aug 2022