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Hiahia Whenua Landscape and Desire

Ko tēnei whakaaturanga e tūhura ana i ngā āhuatanga rerekē o ngā ringatoi o Aotearoa ki te whakaatu i ō rātou hononga ki te whenua – ki ngā wāhi e noho nei tātou.


This exhibition explores the different ways that artists in Aotearoa have expressed their relationship to the land – to the places we live in.

  • When | Āhea 8 Oct 2022 – mid 2024
  • Where | Ki hea Toi Art, Level 5
  • Cost | Te utu Free entry
  • Ages | Te reanga All ages
  • Accessibility | E wātea ana ki
    • Wheelchair accessible
    • Large print labels available in English and te reo Māori
    • Audio guide has transcripts
    • One artwork centrally on the floor, without barriers

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Ki tā te Māori, ko te whenua me te whakapapa tōna hononga tāngaengae e mauroa ai te aronga matemate-ā-one i te takanga o te wā. Ko tā te Pākehā mahi he pōhewa mai i ngā whenua me ngā tohu rerekē e whakatakotohia ana e te ringatoi.

Kei tēnei whakaaturanga kitea ai te whenua hei whakaeminga, ‘he totoro whenua kua paparua ki te mahara, te tūmanako, me te whakaaro’ – arā, te hononga whenua me te hiahia whenua.


For Māori, whenua is a concept that connects land to whakapapa

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, providing a sense of belonging through time. The Western tradition of landscape painting offers an aesthetic response – views of the land represented and reimagined by artists.

Discover land as an accumulation, ‘a stretch of earth overlaid with memory, expectation, and thought’ – land as connection and desire.


Kī horipū (quote): kaituhi (author) Scott Russell Sanders, 1998


Header artwork: Tony de Lautour, Send off, 1999, oil and varnish on an old oil painting on paper mounted on board. Purchased 1999 with New Zealand Lottery Grants Board funds. Te Papa (1999-0021-2)

Toi Art audio guide

Explore Hiahia Whenua | Landscape and Desire with our audio guide. Hear from curators, artists, and experts, as well as some unexpected characters.

Toi Art audio guide


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