Blood Earth Fire Whāngai Whenua Ahi Kā

This is the story of how the forests of Aotearoa were rapidly cleared, the wetlands drained, new species introduced – and others lost for all time. It's also the story of how we have come to love and care for this land.

When | Āhea

Long-term exhibition

Where | Ki hea

Level 3

Cost | Te utu

Free entry


All ages


40 minutes

Accessibility | E wātea ana ki
  • Wheelchair accessible

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Explore the ways that the first people of Aotearoa forged deep connections with this land.

Imagine you’re a quarantine officer, and hunt for dangerous invader species in a container.

See a short film where Kiwis talk about their own tūrangawaewae.

Watch the films on YouTube with captions

These films were made in 2006.

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