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Awakening the Taniwha

Taniwha are supernatural creatures who inhabit rivers, lakes, caves or the sea – some are terrifying, others protective. Many were said to have accompanied our Polynesian ancestors to Aotearoa, and it was a sign of social status to possess one. Taniwha have been described as taking many forms, such as reptiles, dragons, sharks, whales, octopi, dolphins, stingrays or even logs.

Awakening the Taniwha aims to highlight the rich history of taniwha in Tāmaki Makaurau. The exhibition will share stories of the guardians of nearby Te Motu a Hiaroa (Puketutu Island); Taramainuku, who protects the waters south of the Manukau Harbour; and more.

Suitable for: All ages

Exhibition: Until Sat, 16 July
Gallery Hours:
Mon – Fri, 9am–4pm
Sat, 10am–2pm

Where: Māngere Arts Centre Ngā Tohu o Uenuku, Corner Bader Drive and Orly Avenue, 

Cost: Free

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  • Family Friendly
  • Wheelchair Access
  • Free event