Pīta Turei: Mata Kē Ao
An observation of the dawn to anchor our cognisance of this land. For the first project in our new Walking about performance series, join storyteller and orator Pīta Turei on the summit of Pukematekeo to observe the sun rising over this land as winter gives way to spring.
From the top of Pukematekeo the isthmus of Tāmaki Makaurau spreads before you. You can discern the Waitematā, Manukau and Kaipara harbours and the two oceans that flow into them, mark the 13 portages that cross the land and see the sky stretching over our two mountain ranges. Congregating in the moments before the sun rises we will see Whakaahu Kerekere (Castor), and Whakaahu Rangi (Pollux) in the sky.
From Pukematekeo a history of the land and people can be told. One that anchors our cognisance of this place in observation and the sharing of the oral histories of Tāmaki Makaurau.
Walking about is a series of performative and participatory walks that travel across Auckland with Te Hau ā Uru – the West Wind. More information is available on the Walking about website.