Walking about is a series of performative and participatory walks that travel across Auckland with Te Hau a Uru – the West Wind.

The walks are artworks – guided experiences leading audiences and participants across Auckland – created by twelve artists: Rodney Bell, Suzanne Cowan, Vanessa Crofskey, Christina Houghton, Melissa Laing, Jeremy Leatinu’u, Andrew McMillan, Richard Orjis, val smith, Pīta Turei, Layne Waerea and Becca Wood.

Walking about maps cartographies outside the everyday routes of transport. Its walks-as-artworks follow stories, pathways of the imagination and the senses, awa (rivers) and maunga (volcanic hills), uncovering the hidden trajectories of our urban and bush terrain. 

Using seasonal and astronomical calendars the walks will spread across the year beginning in Mahuru (September) 2019 as the pīpīwharauroa begin to sing for Spring and finishing in Aponga (August) as Winter blows its last gusts.

More information is available on the Walking about website.

We are pleased to announce our new suite of walks for Takarua / Winter:

Walking about in fog: Artist Layne Waerea has long engaged with the physical and conceptual practice of chasing fog. Beginning with the full moon on Saturday June 6 and culminating with the following full moon on Sunday July 5, Waerea and collaborator Lana Lopesi will support Aucklanders to rise early, seek the fog and share their experiences with each other in photographic form. 

The Public Stand is a choreoauratic walk by Becca Wood that pays attention to the uncertainty of what lies ahead for the Avondale Racecourse. Through walking with and listening to the site’s histories, this choreographed event reimagines lost and forgotten stories, and present and possible futures. Sunday 21 June, 3pm

Rangi Matariki: Join storyteller Pīta Turei at Rangimatariki on Tuesday 14 July at 6am for the third in a series of storytelling events. Together we will watch Matariki rising as Turei shares histories of Tāmaki. As dawn breaks, join the hī?koi out to Motu Manawa across the mud flats. This hīkoi acknowledges the significance of Rangimatariki, Motu Manawa and Te Kou (Pollen Island Marine Reserve) for Te Wai o Hua and the people of Tāmaki.

September 2019 – August 2020



Walking about project page

Pita Turei: Mata ke ao
Sunday 22 September, 5:45am

Jeremy Leatinu’u: Kawea
Saturday 2 November, 12noon

Christina Houghton: Wayfinding Waikumete
Saturday 23 November, 4.10pm


val smith: queer walk-nap
Saturday 15 February, 6.30am - Sunday 16 February, 11.30pm


Suzanne Cowan and Rodney Bell: The hauntology of inheritance
Saturday 29 February, 2pm


Andrew McMillan: Echo Echo Echo
Wednesday 18 March - Wednesday 22 April


Vanessa Crofskey: Sports day
Online on Saturday 4 April, 12-4pm


Melissa Laing: Standing at the edge
Online from Saturday 11 April, watch-party at 4pm


Walking about in fog by Layne Waerea and Lana Lopesi
6 June - 5 July


Becca Wood: The public stand
21 June, 3pm

Pita Turei: Rangi Matariki
14 July, 6am