A new project curated by Māori designer Olivia Haddon, Ngāti Manuhiri, of the Auckland Council Design Office and published by Artweek Auckland with support from Auckland Council, ATEED and Auckland Transport provides maps of walks around Auckland.
The eight walks mapped showcase 60 sites comprising private and public art, urban and architectural design and sites of significance celebrating Māori identity, history, knowledge and contemporary presence.
Māori identity is New Zealand’s unique point of difference in the world. In Auckland this is reflected through art and design elements embedded into the fabric of the city.
These help to reveal Māori histories, cultural perspectives and concerns that lie underneath the modern façade of the city. They offer clues and insights into the rich indigenous culture, Māori values, knowledge and ways of being.
A supporting app has been developed and downloadable on Apple or Android, search AKL City Tours.