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Robyn Maree Pickens: Respect the Rāhui

01 Dec 2018 - 10 Mar 2019


Saturday 1 December 2018, 4.00pm - Sunday 10 March 2019, 5.00pm

Open daily 9am-5pm

Every second Saturday of the month until 8pm

Closed public holidays


Te Tuhi, 13 Reeves Road, Pakuranga, Auckland

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In response to the threat of kauri dieback, mana whenua Te Kawerau ā Maki have issued a rāhui (ritual prohibition) over the Waitākere Ranges.

Respect the rāhui is a text-based work by Robyn Maree Pickens that attempts to listen to, and support this closure through reiteration of the rāhui.

Each billboard will present one word of the prohibition: Respect | the | rāhui.

The work acknowledges Mary-Louise Browne’s 2010 Te Tuhi billboard work Golden by forming the words from one of Browne’s inkjet prints of kauri gum.

This iterative use of Browne’s work acknowledges a historical and conceptual precedent, and signals the spatial and temporal distance between the work and the kauri trees under rāhui.

Robyn Maree Pickens: Respect the rahui
Robyn Maree Pickens Respect the rāhui, 2018 commissioned by Te Tuhi, Auckland