Auckland Pride Presents: Nā Te Ārai, Ko Māhū

  • Auckland Pride Presents: Nā Te Ārai, Ko Māhū
Auckland Pride Presents: Nā Te Ārai, Ko Māhū

Auckland Pride Presents: Nā Te Ārai, Ko Māhū

In Auckland Pride’s 2024 wharetoi, they are tracing their whakapapa ki tua and looking towards the Pacific Sisters in their demonstration of utopian thinking and collective action.

Nā Te Ārai, Ko Māhū
Presented by Auckland Pride and supported by Tautai Pacific Arts Trust
Friday 2 February, 6-8pm
Tautai Gallery
Level 1, 300 Karangahape Road, Auckland
Free entry

The impact of the Pacific Sisters has been monumental to arts and culture here in Tāmaki Makaurau and across the motu. Their prolific body of work has become a key reference for emerging practitioners. From street culture to institution, their growth and development has gone on to inspire generations and now connects us together as mokopuna and tauira, and their influence has become implicit within the work of the next generation.

For 31 years, the Pacific Sisters have been collapsing notions of time together, promoting the importance of sharing living relationships to space, taonga, atua and one another. Seen in the valiant education of institutions like Te Papa, teaching them the importance of receiving Taonga through ritual and ceremony or in the simple act of making as a collective to imbue mauri and share well-being: the Pacific Sisters have demonstrated notions pertaining to the Ira Tangata that Te Tīmatanga has always hoped to communicate.

This Wharetoi is a gentle offering for whānau to come together, under a metaphorical waistcoat, breathe in and respond to a legacy. And we encourage artists and the community to share space and acknowledge the intrinsic vitality that comes with finding pathways back to our mothers, to our grandmothers, to their villages.

Check out all things Pacific Sisters below: