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Whānau Lantern Making

JOHNSON WITEHIRA AND JULIE NAGAM, MY RIVER GOES WITH ME (DETAIL), 2022. MARK TANTRUM

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Matariki is an important time to celebrate the earth and show respect for the land. We gather with whānau to share stories and reflect on the past.

Drop in with the whānau to this lantern making workshop to share stories about the places special to us. Take inspiration from the trees, rivers and birds that define your tūrangawaewae, and create lanterns decorated with drawings to remind you of these places.


This workshop draws inspiration from My River Goes With Me: Johnson Witehira & Julie Nagam, a multi-layered immersive experience in which the artists use hand drawing, digital printing, animation and soundscape to evoke their respective awa; the Whanganui River in the Manawatū-Whanganui region; and the Red and Assiniboine Rivers, which come together in the heart of Winnipeg, in Manitoba, Canada.