Whānui is a communal adventure: a collection of participatory arts projects in which an amazing mix of people who call Auckland home create, join in with and experience artworks in the many spaces and places that form our neighbourhoods.

In 2020 Whānui continues to bring light to some of the unique stories and landscapes that are distinct to our city.

At the Foot of the Maunga
The neighbouring suburbs of Tāmaki and Maungakiekie have teamed up to transform public space in an exchange that sees large-scale installations created within their communities displayed in Onehunga and Panmure. In association with TGTB Charitable Trust and led by artists Chantel Matthews and Bobby MacDonald.

A series of workshops took place in January and February as part of At The Foot of the Maunga - Te Ipu Kai and Waka ā Hapori . During these FREE workshops, members of the communities came together to assist in the making of these sculptural installations. 

Te Ipu Kai (Food Bowl)

Te Ipu Kai2Led by artist Bobby MacDonald and supported by The 312 Hub
This sculpture was informed as part of a Hikoiā te Korero where participants cycled around Onehunga Bay, Manukanuka o Hoturoa (Manukau Harbour) and Kura a Maki (Mount Smart / Rarotonga) as a way to share the kōrero o nehera (stories of the past) by breathing life into those spaces.
The workshops created plywood designs of kai moana (seafood) that was once found in Te Manukanuka o Hoturoa (Manukau Harbour).

Venue: Panmure Basin

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Waka ā Hapori (Community Waka)

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A sculpture installation led by artist Chantel Matthews
The sculpture is a waka tētē (fishing canoe) inspired by traditions of trading at ports and the transportation of people and goods along the rivers.
The workshops included creating fish scales made from recycled milk bottles which adorn the waka.

Venue: Onehunga Basin 

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He Kura Toi
27-29 March 
Public Performance Sunday 29 March 7.00pm-9.00pm
Venue Zeal, 20 Alderman Dr, Henderson

Teaming the natural talents of rangatahi with leading performing artists, He Kura Toi is an exciting new wānanga which connects professionals from the performing and creative arts industries with te reo Māori speakers in West Auckland.
Year 12 & 13 taiohi (youth) will participate in a specialised programme with accomplished actor Te Kohe Tuhaka, award-winning musician Pere Wihongi, and masters of Māori weaponry and movement Te Ahorangi and Ahurei Winitana. Join us for a showing at the culmination of the wānanga celebrating rangatahi aspiration through acting, movement and music.
Led by artists Ani-Piki Tuari and Krystal Lee Brown.

FREE and filled with life-affirming, interactive, get-in-amongst-it events.

Nau Mai Haere Mai – come and experience Whānui, a Festival favourite!



Image Raymond Sagapolutele 
He Mokopuna He Tūpuna created by Te Pou Theatre, with children and elders from Te Kura Kaupapa Māori o Te Kōtuku and Te Rōpū Kaumātua o Te Whānau o Waipareira (2019)

Supported by

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With support from

He Kura Toi
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