The renovation of the Museum's south entrance has been an opportunity for us to reconceptualise the Museum as a whole, living thing. The name Te Ao Mārama (the realm of Being and Light) was gifted to the space by Whaea Te Hei Tamariki (Ngāti Whātua, Waikato Tainui), respected kuia and member of the Taumata-a-Iwi, the Museum's Māori advisory committee. The name is the balance of the Grand Foyer, which is known as Te Whei Ao (the realm of coming into Being).
On entering the Museum you come in from 'the darkness', you journey through the knowledge contained in the Museum, following the paths of light in the new loop walkways, and emerge 'enlightened' into the World of Light. There cannot be one space without the other, and everything is connected anew.