Te Hokinga Mahara – A Collection of Memories
"This expansive sound and light installation tells the story of Mahurangi, and the enduring presence of te tangata whenua iwi, Ngāti Manuhiri. The 16-minute composition plays at seven, eight and nine in the evening from late March to September and at eight and nine o’clock summertime."
This vibrant installation explores storytelling through light and sound. Colourful LED lighting units along with audio speakers create simple groupings of sound, song and chromatic display in the trees along 160 metres of the Mahurangi riverbank, across from Warkworth Wharf.
Created by toi whenua artist Hokimai-anahera Rosieur (Ngāti Manuhiri, Ngāpuhi and Te Aupōuri), the title Te Hokinga Mahara – A Collection of Memories offers a cue to enter the installation. It steps back in time and explores how the natural world was born, with light and sound expressing the birth of Aotearoa and the growth of ngahere (forest). The sound of the au (currents) expresses the mauri (life force) of the Mahurangi river, while the age of the tangata whenua is shared through whakataukī (proverb) and the haka.
The treeline, along the Mahurangi riverbank; best viewed from the Warkworth wharf.