Te Ara i Whiti



Production Credits:

Curated by Mere Boynton
Lighting Design by Angus Muir Design

Dates Venue Times
Friday 2nd Oct - Sunday 11th Oct Marina Park 5pm – 10pm
Duration : open five hours each evening

Te Tairāwhiti artists light up the riverbank in sculpture, projection and light installations. 

Stretching across Marina and Kelvin Parks, artists of differing media bring stories to life in this Tairāwhiti centric light trail designed to bring connection, joy and uplift.

Te Ara i Whiti explores a journey of legacy, showcased through contemporary Māori art. This enchanting multi-media installation of light sculptures, projections and artworks celebrates our connection to place. Whether the first rays on Hikurangi or the creative genius of Rukupo – the broad expanse of our region is famed for our special relationship to light. Te Ara i Whiti is a celebration of that whakapapa.

Created by artists from around the rohe with the support of award-winning lighting designer Angus Muir, a swathe of spectacular illuminated surprises, large-scale sculptural installations, and projections await those looking for a provocative, playful and whānau-focused evening out.

Our incredible artists include...

Fiona Collis

Te Aitanga-a-Hauiti, Te Whānau ā Apanui, Ngāi Tūhoe

Fiona Collis is a contemporary and traditional weaver who lives and works in Gisborne. Fiona’s recent works are inspired by traditional Māori muka garments and muka work specifically the kakahu, tarapouahi and kete muka held in our whare taonga. Fiona’s interests are in the precision of the intricate work of our tipuna and the detail in the techniques they used to make such fine and exquisite garments.

Fiona’s installation of contemporary manutukutuku (kites) represents the seasonal cycle created by the varying pathways of Tamanuitera.


Te Aitanga a Hauiti, Ngai Tamanuhiri, Rongowhakaata, Ngati Kahungunu, Rangitane, Ngai Tahu 

Living in Uawa, Tolaga Bay, Kaaterina operates a whānau-based creative design and art consultancy, specialising in Māori design.  A multi-disciplinary artist whose work is exhibited nationally and internationally, she also provides a platform for community development through mentoring and development pathways for aspiring artists and kaupapa.

Mātātoa, is one of those platforms where Kaaterina works with a collective of creative tamariki to illuminate their inner super powers, bringing their characters and stories to life through motion graphics and projection. 


Ngāti Awa, Te Whānau a Apanui

Erena Koopu is a painter and Māori performing artist whose works are influenced by Te Ao Māori with a focus on retelling iwi narratives. Erena uses her position as senior lecturer to broaden knowledge of toi Māori through teaching and engagement at Toihoukura, School of Māori visual art.

Erena’s stylised neon wheku/koruru represent kowatawata, a trail or guide to understanding and reconnecting with ahikaa.


Ngati Konohi, Rongowhakaata Taranaki

Simon Lardelli is a multi-disciplinary artist who practices traditional and contemporary carving, sculpture and painting. He is also involved with iwi projects such as Marae restoration and a mentoring programme with troubled youth. 

Through his iconic figurative imagery, Simon explores the use of negative and positive spaces to depict the pou tokomanawa, the centre ridge post of the wharenui.  It is brought to life through the lighting of colour that pulsates through the design, reflecting and connecting ancestral ties to the whenua.


Rongowhakaata, Ngā Puhi

John’s fascination with the arts began as a child sitting at the feet of his elders, gazing at the elaborate art in his marae. His connections to ancestral lands and the ocean keep him grounded while fuelling his soul.

In recent years, his pathway has developed into one of discovery, creative depth and a calling to inspire and mentor the next generation of Māori contemporary artists at Te Wānanga o Aotearoa in Gisborne.

Johnny's light sculpture, Evechinus Chloroticus - Kina Help You?, is a giant kina - a manifestation of his love of the moana and what kaimoana means to us. It celebrates the smooth, buttery delicacy, symbolising, for Johnny, whānau, manaakitanga, self-sufficiency, legacy and mātauranga.

Baye Riddell

Ngāti Porou

Baye began working with clay in Christchurch in 1974. He currently resides and works in his tribal area at Tokomaru Bay. Totemic pieces – pou whenua – are a signature series Baye has developed and is showing for Te Ara i Whiti. These represent custodianship of the land and our environment.

Melanie Tangaere Baldwin

Ngāti Porou, Rongomaiwahine

Melanie is a multi-disciplinary artist whose work focuses on whānau, motherhood, mana wahine and the Māori colonised experience. She is a Masters graduate from Toihoukura, where she now teaches in the undergraduate programmes.

Melanie’s video projection ‘Ngā ahoreinga o te papakoihi’ emulates the dancing of sunlight below the window on the mahau.

Melanie Tahata

Ngāti Uepohatu, Ngāi Tamanuhiri, Te-Aitanga-a-Hauiti

For the last three years, Melanie’s creative work has focused on learning constellations and the natural rhythms of the moon, as our tupuna understood them. The challenge has been to relate it to modern, urban Māori life.

Melanie’s short, looped film builds on her Puna Marama piece from 2019. This piece expands on the natural waterways in Te Tairāwhiti, specifically honouring the rivers in Turanganui-a-Kiwa.


Ariki Kaipūtahi, Whakatōhea, Ngāti Uenuku, Tūwharetoa

Tawera Tahuri is a multimedia artist who has, since graduating from Toihoukura School of Māori Art and Design in 1997, achieved much at an international level. She travels extensively, representing Indigenous Māori artists on the global stage, her art serving as a conduit for her cultural and political activism.

Tawera presents her sculptural work ‘Kahukura’, which consists of seven powder coated steel pou. The installation references Kahukura, Ngākaitiakitanga, Horouta waka traditions and her Māori educational framework “He Kūmara Awau” developed as part of her PhD thesis.

Zak Waipara

Ruapani, Rongowhakaata, Ngāti Porou

Zak Waipara has illustrated and written for children’s books, comics, newspaper graphics, motion graphics and animations. Zak has lectured in Digital Media and Narrative Studies and is currently returning to his first passion - indigenous storytelling in comic form.

PEPEHA: Works exploring words and pictures and word-pictures celebrating a story of Tūranga-nui-a-Kiwa in comic form - two moving image motion projections of image-typographic combinations. The theme of the first is the settlement of Tūranga by its Tangata Whenua, and the second attempts to visualise whakapapa links to pepeha.

Angus Muir

Angus Muir creates moments –  contemporary, immersive experiences from atmospheric architecture.

For Te Ara i Whiti, Angus presents a range of works infused with a fresh and contemporary energy, weaving a sensory journey filled with wonder and excitement.