Waituhi 2018 Matariki public art display

Waituhi is an annual public art project timed to coincide with Matariki.

The aim of Waituhi is to take the festivities and theme of Matariki to a wider audience beyond the traditional arts spaces of the galleries, museums and theatres, to enliven and activate public space with new artwork that acknowledges the importance of Māori culture and heritage in the city.

This year the City Arts and Events team commissioned two Waituhi projects for Matariki:

Angela Kilford and Aliyah Winter, Puawānanga – Stars of the forest (detail)

Angela Kilford and Aliyah Winter, Puawānanga – Stars of the forest (detail)


Puawānanga - Stars of the forest by Angela Kilfordand Aliyah Winter

During Matariki the stars, specifically the rising of Puanga, mark the beginning of the New Year. In whakapapa and in Māori cosmology, puawānanga (Clematis paniculata) is the daughter of Puanga and Rehua, and is a harbinger of spring. Kilford and Winter have designed a series of artworks that depict puawānanga in the celestial realm to acknowledge and celebrate the close connection between all things through whakapapa. Their work will be installed on an overbridge banner at Jervois Quay, and on billboards at the Railway Station for three weeks from 18 June.

Waituhi 2018 Sian Montgomery-Neutze, Tamanuiterā

Sian Montgomery-Neutze, Toitū te Whenua: The land remains, Tamanuiterā, Toi Pōneke flag design


Toitū te Whenua - The land remains by Sian Montgomery-Neutze

Montgomery-Neutze has designed a series of artworks for the seven flag poles at Frank Kitts Park, and for the two flag poles at Toi Pōneke Arts Centre. Her work relates to the environment – to life above the water and to the sustaining life forces below the water. Tamanuiterā, the sun appears on each flag at Frank Kitts Park passing through the sky watching over the harbour and its inhabitants. At Toi Pōneke, one flag depicts Tamanuiterā, the other Te Marama, the moon, representing duality, balance and partnership.

Previous Waituhi projects

  • 2017 (June-July): Flags for flagpoles designed by Wellington artist and jeweller Keri-Mei Zagrobelna
  • 2017 (July-Aug): Flags for flagpoles designed by Palmerston North artist, Reweti Arapere, Ngāti Raukawa, Ngāti Porou and Ngāti Tuwharetoa
  • 2016: Flags for flagpoles designed by Wellington artist Stevei Houkamau
  • Find out more: Stevei Houkamau
  • 2015: Mural designed and painted by Johnson Witehira
    Find out more: Johnson Witehira
  • 2014: Billboard banner designed by Wharehoka Smith
    Find out more: Waituhi 2015 - Wharehoka Smith - YouTube

More information

Contact Katie Taylor-Duke, Arts Programme Advisor, City Arts and Events

Phone 04 803 8021
Email katie.taylor-duke@wcc.govt.nz