“Kura Huna recognises who we are and where we are. These are important things to consider at this time of year,” says Shannon.
“I wanted the rangatahi to create what they wanted to see in public space over Matariki and to be able to stand in front of the flags and light boxes and feel a real sense of ownership.”
This year’s WAITUHI flag project has been designed by year 7 and 8 tauira with guidance from Shannon and Kate Te Ao.The students created artworks for each of the eight flags that respond to Matariki – to the stars and their meaning and role.
Mayor Tory Whanau says both these artworks celebrate all that Matariki means in Aotearoa.
“These beautiful artworks have come about through collaboration, reflection, togetherness, kōrero, and consideration of our place in the past, present and future – everything that Matariki means to us as a city and a country as a whole.”
Kura Huna will be on display in the Courtenay Place light boxes until 9 October, and the WAITUHI Matariki Flags will be up until mid-September.