Visit our Learning Centre Gallery on level 3 for exhibitions and family activities that change on a regular basis. Be sure to ask at reception for a copy of our family gallery trail to enhance your visit.

Ngā Tohu a Ngā Tūpuna – Ancestors of Te Kawerau A Maki

Te Kawerau a Maki are the Tangata Whenua of West Auckland. They hold customary authority or mana whenua status within the area.  The pou at Arataki Visitor Centre represents the ancestors of this iwi. The 11 metre pou ihi acts as a guardian to the visitors centre and the Waitākere Ranges. This pou serves to reaffirm Te Kawerau mana in the area and also to remind us of the importance of the natural world and the relationship we have with it. During the Matariki period, you will have the opportunity to learn about the different figures represented on the pou. Come and learn about Tiriwa – who the Waitākere Ranges are named after; Hape – also known as Rakataura; Hoturoa – the captain of the Tainui canoe, Maki – from whom the name for Auckland (Tamaki Makaurau) originates from; Te Kawerau a Maki – also known as Tawhiakiterangi, and Te Au o Te Whenua – a warrior and peace maker.

30 June – 26 October 2018

Open Studio
Come along to our free family drop in event, open to all ages. View our local iwi exhibition, Ngā Tohu a Ngā Tūpuna – Ancestors of Te Kawerau a Maki in the Learning Centre Gallery to get inspiration around our beautiful location set within the Waitākere Ranges. We we will create a richly-textured painting of a majestic kauri tree-using pen, pencil, and dye washes. Receive a free poster courtesy of the Kauri Project that will inform you of current concerns about kauri die back disease. Suitable for all ages and abilities.

Saturday 18 August 10am – 3pm | FREE




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