November 30, 2016
Iwi money sought for Hundertwasser Centre
There’s a call for iwi and Maori businesses to get behind Whangarei’s Hundertwasser Centre.
More than $13 million has now been raised of the $16 million needed to turn the former Whangarei Harbour Board headquarters into galleries featuring not just the work of the Austrian-born artist but also the best of Maori art.
Project control group member Benjamin Pittman, who also sits on the Wairau Maori Art Gallery Wairau Gallery board, says it will be the first specialty gallery for Maori contemporary art, with four major curated shows a year.
"Although it’s here in Taitokerau in Whangarei at the town basin the focus is for all Maori so it's really a national project. We've had moral support nice letters but not one single cent has come from any iwi or any Maori business. We're actually quite shocked at the lack of support and interest in what is a major cultural project for Aotearoa, for Maori," he says.
Benjamin Pittman says Te Kakano, a structure outside the museum designed to help the builders come to grips with Friedensreich Hundertwasser’s construction methods, is quickly becoming one of Whangarei’s most-visited attractions.
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