E Whai Ake Nei | Matariki Exhibition 2023

Celebrating Matariki and the creativity of staff and students in an on campus exhibition

Courtesy of Ethan Sheaf-Morrison

This Matariki, Te Wāhanga Wiahanga-Hoahoa | Wellington Faculty of Architecture and Design Innovation celebrates our students and staff in an on-campus exhibition. E Whai Ake Nei explores a kaupapa of renewal and growth, displayed through dynamic creations of physical and digital works, exploring connection to home, whenua, mātauranga Māori and Te Ao Māori.

Matariki (Rapa Nui, Rarotonga, and Aotearoa), Mataliki (Tokelau, Niue, Tuvalu, Tonga), Matali'i (Samoa), Matari'i (Tahiti), and Makali'i (Hawaii) are the cultural signifiers of Pleiades star cluster. This cluster holds cultural and spiritual importance throughout the pacific, and encourages reflection of the past, focus within the present, and growth and planning for the future. The essence of this kaupapa is captured in E Whai Ake Nei, as staff, students and alumni use new and existing knowledge to develop innovative and expressive design and architectural practices using core values of Te Ao Māori.

Featured Students:

Ethan Sheaf-Morrison
Antonia Van Sitters
Oscar McConaughy
Lawrence Ried
Arabella Marshall
Zoe Mason
Hannah McKenzie
Katie Jenkins
Hunter Reeve & Lucia Graham
Connor McKeown
Zoe Glentworth

Featured Staff:

Bobby Luke
Derek Kawiti
Natasha Perkins
David Hakaria
Tanya Ruka