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Te Karanga ki ngā Taniwha Event

Whakatuwhera - Opening and Mihi Whakatau

Linda Lee and Co.

Tuesday 15 August

5:30 - 8:30pm 

Capacity 20

Celebrate the launch of Te Whare Hēra artist in residence, Linda Lee's, showcase, Te Karanga ki ngā Taniwha.


Peter Jackson (Te Atiawa, Taranaki Iwi) will hold Mihi Whakatau at 5:30pm.


Manaakitanga - Refreshments provided

* Please arrive vefore the mihi whakatau commences.

Join us for the official opening to Te Karanga ki ngā Taniwha


The kaupapa of mixed race artist, Linda Lee's (Ngāti Raukawa, Ngāti Huia, Ngāti Kuri,Te Aopōuri, Te Rarawa), Te Karanga ki ngā Taniwha, wrapped under the Shared Lines banner is focused on further researching pūrākau and the rich history of Te Whanganui-a-Tara, beginning with Māui and the giant fish, the story of Te Ūpoko o te Ika, tales of Ngake and Whātaitai, the history of Māori settlement and the impacts of colonisation on Māori. 

Te Karanga ki ngā Taniwha at Te Whare Hēra will introduce people to the ancestral taniwha of Pōneke, helping us to understand why our tupuna held them in such high esteem and how we can maintain relationships with them today.


She explains, “As our ancient guide to resource management, we will examine the role of taniwha and their many functions, and consider our disconnection with the natural world. This is increasingly relevant in the face of climate change and even the current pandemic.”

The public programme  to follow offers free to the public, hīkoi, artist talks, and will explore Linda’s work delving into pūrākau, with practitioners introductions to raranga, rongoā, whakairo, taonga puoro, titi tōrea through wānanga and more.

This project is kindly supported by Wllis Bond, Athfield Artchitects, Wellington City Council, Wellington Gardens Te Whare Hēra, Toi Rauwhārangi, College of Creative Arts, Massey University.

* Weather dependent, Whakaturamoe and fire performance.


Linda would like to acknowledge and thank,

Taranaki Whānui, Te Āti Awa

Te Whare Hēra

Toi Rauwhārangi, College of Creative Arts, Massey University

Wellington City Council

Kindly supported by

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