He whare korero, he māramatanga explores Māori and Pākeha relationships

A new interactive installation called He whare kōrero, he māramatanga incorporates sculpture, painting, lighting and sound. 

This art project explores Māori and Pākeha relationships as embodied by the Treaty of Waitangi, in a contemporary art context.

Zena Elliot, Joe Citizen, Tony Nicholls and Jason Long are the co-creators of the project. 

Citizen says "The process of making the whare and the interaction when you enter the installation, when you view it, is the art work," 

"This conversation is bigger than us, and we welcome kōrero, no matter what it may be," he says.

Zena Elliot is a painter and her work is a contemporary take on traditional mediums.

The underlying kaupapa of this artwork celebrates and recognises the principles of tū tangata, whakawhanaungatanga, ako and creativity.

Next week from August 10-14, the 17th Spark International Festival of Media, Arts and Design will take place in Hamilton. It is during that time that He whare kōrero, he māramatanga will be open to the public at the Wintec Library.