Te reo Māori definition:

1. (verb) (-a,-ngia) to tie, tie up, fasten with cords, bind, oblige
2. (noun) string, cord, obligation, condition, limit,  restriction, legal restriction

English definition: 

1. (adverb) towards or at this locality or place in time 
2. (noun) this place, this point in time

Over one thousand years ago the celebrated Oceanic navigator Kupe sailed to Aotearoa New Zealand and acquired an anchor stone from Porirua harbour in Wellington.

This stone, which now resides in the collection of Pataka Art Gallery and Museum, provides a conceptual anchor point for conversations around Oceanic exploration and ideas of discovery in HERE: Kupe to Cook.  

HERE: Kupe to Cook features artworks by twenty leading Aotearoa New Zealand and Australian contemporary artists who investigate the long and varied histories of South Pacific voyaging - from Kupe to the arrival of Captain James Cook in 1769.

In this stunning exhibition, Maori sculptors Wi Taepa and Tawhai Rickard have created sculptural interpretations of Kupe’s anchor stone and an imagined version of the Resolution, the vessel sailed by Cook on his final voyage to the Pacific. Paintings inspired by Tongan Ngatu barkcloth by Glen Wolfgramm and Dame Robyn White celebrate connections between Oceanic communities, while photographs by Samoan artists Yuki Kihara and Greg Semu question the strength of those connections. 

The exhibition title can also be read in the Maori language, referring to ‘a place to bind your waka’.

Main image: The Arrival by Greg Samu, 2015


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