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Sat, 11 Mar


Tāmaki Makaurau

Awakening the Taniwha

Linda Lee’s pop-up maker space Awakening the Taniwha – a response to Shared Lines: Pūtahitanga – brings the Surrealist exquisite corpse mode of collaboration to tell the tale of the taniwha.

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Awakening the Taniwha
Awakening the Taniwha

Time & Location

11 Mar 2023, 1:00 pm – 3:00 pm

Tāmaki Makaurau, 50a Rosebank Road, Avondale, Auckland 1026, New Zealand

About The Event

Taniwha are supernatural creatures who inhabit rivers, lakes, caves or the sea - some are terrifying, others protective. Many were said to have accompanied our Polynesian ancestors to Āotearoa. Taniwha are our ancient guide to resource management and perhaps offer us a new way to navigate our understanding of pandemic. 

At the maker-space, 50a Rosebank Road, you are invited to make your own taniwha through various mediums: master carver Natanahira Pona, weaver Frank Topia and artists Ngaroma Riley and Linda Lee and have provided a variety of resources. We hope to provide a magical sensory experience for visitors and through our space inspire the next generation to think about the importance we play in kaitiakitanga or collective guardianship.

Drop by to weave, read, draw and learn about taniwha, why tupuna held them in such high esteem, and how we can maintain relationships with them today.


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