The works in Ko Ngā Wawata a Hina traverse a range of media and styles, reflecting on states and cycles of vulnerability and strength.
Curated by Jade Townsend, the show is a response to Wawata: Moon Dreaming, a new pukapuka by Dr Hinemoa Elder exploring the emotional and spiritual dimensions of Hina, the Māori moon. Dr Elder comments, ‘Hina, the Māori moon goddess, has 30 different faces to help illuminate life’s lessons—a different face and a different energy for each day of the month. And with her changing light, new insights are revealed. This book gives us the chance to connect to the ancient wisdom of the old people, who reach forward into our lives, with each of the moon’s names as their offerings.’