Mata Kē Ao

Pita Turei

An observation of the dawn to anchor our cognisance of this land.

Sunday September 22nd, 5:45 am.
Pukematekeo Lookout, Summit Road (off Scenic Drive), Waitākere Ranges.

Join storyteller and orator Pīta Turei on the summit of Pukematekeo to observe the sun rising over this land as winter gives way to spring.

From the top of Pukematekeo the isthmus of Tāmaki Makaurau spreads before you. You can discern the Waitematā, Manukau and Kaipara harbours and the two oceans that flow into them, mark the 13 portages that cross the land and see the sky stretching over our two mountain ranges. Congregating in the moments before the sun rises we will see Whakaahu Kerekere (Castor), and Whakaahu Rangi (Pollux) in the sky.

From Pukematekeo a history of the land and people can be told. One that anchors our cognisance of this place in observation and the sharing of the oral histories of Tāmaki Makaurau. 


Jeremy Leatinu’u

Saturday 2 November 12:00 noon 
Meet at the Summit Drive entrance to Ōwairaka mountain.

Kawea is a project by Jeremy Leatinu’u that invites participants to traverse the urbanscape of Ōwairaka. The journey will begin at the base of the mountain of Ōwairaka before traveling towards the waters of the Waitematā and arriving at the Waterview reserve.

People participating in the walk are asked to bring a small object of importance which will be wrapped and carried during the journey.

Come between 12:00 and 12:30 to wrap your small object. Walk will depart at 12:30.

The name of the walk itself, Kawea, translates as to take or to carry.



Wayfinding Waikumete

Christina Houghton

Saturday 23 November
Meet at Mt Eden Station at 4.10 pm

How do we navigate urban environments through wayfaring? Using actions of recovery and discovery, guided by maramataka Christina invites you to join a series of gentle walks that navigate the urban environment of Glen Eden. 

Wayfinding Waikumete investigates the lost name of Waikumete (waters of the kumete bowl) unveiling stories of past, present and future over a number of walks. The first walk by Christina will track the history of Waikumete through its iconic cemetery beginning with the northern train line trip to Waikumete (now the Western Line).

Meet at Mt Eden Station at 4.10 pm to begin the exploration, bring your hop card or buy a 2 zone ticket to Glen Eden station from the ticket machine on arrival.

We invite you to wear an item of black clothing in recognition of rituals for passing and commemoration

Photos by Jody Yawa McMillan