October 11, 2018
Maori for Hundertwasser museum shows people power
Mana whenua in Whangarei were up before dawn to lay a mauri stone under the new Hundertwasser Centre being built up on the town’s waterfront.
The centre will not only celebrate the life and work of the Austrian artist who made Northland his home, but in line with his wishes it will include a gallery devoted to contemporary Maori art.
Wairau Maori Art Gallery trustee Carin Wilson says it’s significant the project has embraced tikanga Maori.
It’s also a testament to the efforts of the people of Whangarei who kept the faith when their council turned its back, raising the funds and getting the council to reverse its original decision to block it.
"It’s destined to become a very important venue for the city and it’s especially important to us as Maori that the complex incorporates the first exclusively Maori art gallery in the country," Mr Wilson says.
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