Waituhi is an annual public art project timed to coincide with Matariki. The aim of Waituhi is to take the festivities and theme of Matariki to a wider audience beyond the traditional arts spaces of the galleries, museums and theatres, to enliven and activate public space with new artwork that acknowledges the importance of Maori culture and heritage in the city.
This year WAITUHI takes the form of two distinct public art projects, Toitū te Whenua: The land remains by Sian Montgomery-Neutze is one of them.
Montgomery-Neutze has designed artworks for the seven flag poles at Frank Kitts Park near Whairepo Lagoon. Her work relates to the environment – to life above the water and to the sustaining life forces below the water. Tamanuiterā, the sun appears on each flag passing through the sky watching over the harbour and its inhabitants. There are two additional flags at Toi Pōneke Arts Centre, one depicting Tamanuiterā and the other Te Marama, the moon, representing duality, balance and partnership.
You can find Toitū te Whenua: The land remains on flag poles at Frank Kitts Park near Whairepo Lagoon and at Toi Pōneke Arts Centre, 61 Abel Smith Street.