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Te Upoko o te Ika a Maui


Wed 1 Oct 2014, 10:00am–5:00am
Thu 2 Oct 2014, 10:00am–5:00am
Fri 3 Oct 2014, 10:00am–5:00am
Sat 4 Oct 2014, 10:00am–5:00am
Sun 5 Oct 2014, 10:00am–5:00am

Where: Wellington Museum, 3 Jervois Quay, Queens Wharf, Wellington

Restrictions: All Ages

Ticket Information:

  • Admission: Free

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Listed by: Museums Wellington

Step into the imaginative and evocative atmosphere of Te Upoko o te Ika a Maui.

Explore the unexpected and unusual stories of the greater Wellington region including the extraordinary hunting feats of Neville ‘Stag’ Spooner, the pioneering contraception methods of Dame Margaret Sparrow and the giant statue of the Virgin Mary on the Kapiti Coast.

Find your place in this mythical environment and engage your senses through the smell, touch, sight and sound of the many interactives. Also, for two weeks from 1 July, see the gallery space transform as artist Sheyne Tuffery and students paint a giant depiction of Māui and the head of the fish straight on to the gallery floor and wall.

Wherever you are from, Te Upoko o te Ika a Maui celebrates the creativity and uniqueness of the Wellington region.

Te Upoko o te Ika a Maui, which translates as the head of Maui’s fish, is another name for the Wellington region. It refers to a Maori myth in which the demi-god Maui hooked a giant fish that, when pulled to the surface, formed what is now known as the North Island or Te Ika a Maui.

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