Te Taunga means “the landing place.” Like Tāmaki Makaurau itself, Te Taunga Community Hub is a place of arrival and a coming together of people.

Image from Tā'ere Mā'ohi i Aotearoa, curated by the Mā’ohi Nui Community, 2022.

TE TAUNGA COMMUNITY HUB
FREE WITH MUSEUM ENTRY

In Te Taunga Community Hub, we celebrate the diverse communities of Tāmaki Makaurau by inviting them into the space to create their own exhibit. Our visitors will experience a community's story not through the Museum’s interpretation, but through the eyes of the community itself.

Located just off the Grand Foyer, everything you find in the gallery has been chosen by the community to tell their story, from the treasures themselves, to the labels, the signage, and the lighting.

Previous exhibits

Take a virtual tour of a previous Te Taunga Community Hub exhibit and view a community's story through the eyes of the community itself.

It's all so much
TUES 21 MAR 2023 - TUES 10 OCT 2023

Toró: é tudo tanto

It's all so much

Entirely curated by a diverse collective of artists of Brazilian heritage in Aotearoa New Zealand, Toró: é tudo tanto features stunning, vibrant artworks and interactive elements. Toró, translated in English, is a downpour. In a torrent of images, words, sounds, sensations, meanings and artistic expressions, you are invited to reflect on the experience of otherness and its contradictions.

ARTISTS' STATEMENT

Toró: é tudo tanto is a collective exhibition that adopts the image of Toró to make sense out of the hybrid multiplicity that gushes out of our country, Brazil. The word Toró is Tupi (one of the largest indigenous groups of Brazil before its colonization) for jorro d’água, translated in English as a downpour. In the gallery's torrent of images, words, sounds, sensations, meanings and artistic expressions, you are invited to reflect on otherness and its contradictions. The multiplicity of "Brasis" (the plural of Brazil) - being Brazilian, being so much, (at times) being too much. From Brazil to Aotearoa. From continental dimensions to an island. The large, the tiny. The Atlantic, the Pacific. Tupi, Portuguese, English, te Reo Māori . The invisibility of multiple native peoples, the indigenous (lack of) acknowledgement.

In the gallery space you will be guided to a series of confluent and contradictory narratives that collapse the stereotypes of Brazil as looked at from afar or on a Google search. You can discover the provocations that arose from internal conversations amongst us, Brazilian immigrants, when asking ourselves ‘How to express what Brazil is? É tudo tanto! (It’s all so much!)’. We have gathered multiple responses from our artist community in Aotearoa and in Brazil to offer you a Toró that flows from traditional to contemporary takes on Brazilian culture(s).

Artists include:

Aline Frey
Andresso Alves
Caio Silva
Diego Barbosa
Élida Reira 
Fran Dias
Madame Lama
Gui Taccetti
Gustavo Freitas
Maico Camilo
Mila Renault
Noila Souza
Robbi Carvalho
Roberta Queiroga
Janaina Moraes
Li Pallas
Rodrigo Hill
Jade Cavalcante 

Main image by Gustavo Gusmão
Brazil flag image by Rafaela Biazi on Unsplash

Artwork by Janaina Moraes kindly supported by Havaianas

Holem strong kalsa blo iumi
SUN 4 DEC 2022 - TUES 7 FEB 2023

Holem strong kalsa blo iumi

Solomon Islands Pijin

Solomon Aelan hem wanfala kandere wea garem rich an daeves kalsa. Hem ples wea Polynesia an Micronesia mitim Melanesia. Olketa pipol wea kam from Kiribati, Tuvalu an Saena, olketa tu kolem Solomon Aelan hom.

Disfala exhibition hem soim daevesiti blong Solomon Aelan. Mifala dedikeitim exhibition ia go lo olketa pikinini blo mifala wea bon an big lo hia lo Aotearoa, New Zealand. Mifala laekem fo olketa praod lo kalsa an aedentiti blong olketa.

Olketa stori an audio-visual images from 9 fala Provinces blong Solomon Aelan osem - Choiseul, Isabel, Malaita, Guadalcanal, Western Province, Central, Temotu, Makira an Rennell & Bellona hem fo kipim koneksen wetem hom an helpem olketa visita fo save lelebet abaotim kandere blong iumi.

English

Sitting at an intersection where Polynesia and Micronesia meet Melanesia, the Solomon Islands is a diverse country with arrivals from Kiribati, Tuvalu and China adding their own flavour.

This exhibition is dedicated to the Solomon Island community's children who were either born or raised in Aotearoa. By retaining and maintaining the vital connections with the heritage of their homeland, this young generation is being inspired to take pride in their own identity, thereby thriving in modern-day Aotearoa New Zealand.

Through film, traditional carved and woven objects, ornaments and instruments from the nine provinces - Choiseul, Isabel, Malaita, Guadalcanal, Western Province, Central, Temotu, Makira, and Rennell & Bellona - members of the Solomon Islands community are invited to reinforce their attachment to their homeland, and visitors to experience the uniqueness of this country.

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Image 1: © COCONET TV. Laureen Kwaoga at Melanesian Auckland Festival 2022, Image 2: Boys on the Sandy Beach - PC - Stanley Dausabea.
Ukraine: The Cost of Freedom
WED 24 AUG - WED 26 OCT

Ukraine: The Cost of Freedom

Curated by Ukrainians in New Zealand, Ukraine: The Cost of Freedom is a photographic exhibition offering a recent glimpse of life from the frontline of the devastating war against Russian forces.

These extraordinary and sometimes harrowing images captured by some of the most prominent Ukrainian photographers shed light on the pain and struggle of Ukrainian citizens, who have been resisting Russian invasion for many months. 

Exhibited internationally, the photographs include those taken along the high-risk 1,000KM frontline, showing the destruction resulting from the attacks, with ruins of Ukrainian cities now laid in rubble.

Since the invasion began in February of this year, more than 120,000 residential buildings, 2,000 schools and 700 hospitals have been destroyed or severely damaged. Thousands of lives have been lost, including more than 350 children, and more than 12 million Ukrainians have fled their homes seeking safety. 

This exhibition may be particularly distressing for those of Ukrainian and Russian backgrounds. For counselling and other support services for these communities please click here.

Photographers include: 
Denys Kazanskyi, Dmytro Laryn, Serhii Myhalchuk, Kostiantyn Sova, Dmytro Kornilov, Eduard Kryzhanivskyi, Tetiana Poslavska, Dmytro Kozatsky, Datalion, Viacheslav Onyshchenko, Misha Djos and Rodrigo Abd.

Ukrainian project team:
Kateryna Samokisha - Project Manager, Alex Pakholjuk - Creative Director, Tanya Mishchuk - Art Director, Kyrylo Kucherov - Content Writer

With support from Yuriy Gladun, Head of Ukrainian Association of New Zealand - North, Ukrainska Pravda and Ukrainer.

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Image 1: Dmytro Kornilov, Image 2: Serhii Mykhalchuk, Image 3: Rawla Dowlohowa
A Place to Stand: Contemporary Indian Art in Aotearoa
SUN 15 MAY - SUN 24 JUL

A Place to Stand: Contemporary Indian Art in Aotearoa

The Kshetra Collective presents:

A Place to Stand

ठहराव का स्थान Thahraav Ka Sthaan

നിൽക്കാൻ ഒരു സ്ഥലം ઊભા રહેવાની જગ્યા

 ثابت قدمی والا بلد Turangawaewae

Curated by distinguished artists of Indian heritage in Aotearoa New Zealand, this collaborative show explores the question What is contemporary New Zealand Indian art?

Artists Tiffany Singh (installation- fine art), Shruti Yatri (painting), Mandrika Rupa (film), Jacob Rajan - Indian Ink (theatre), Rafik Patel (spatial design), Sarah Dutt (painting and rangoli), and Mandy Rupa-Reid (classical dance) invite you to discover and explore artworks that represent each artist’s ideas and professional practice, born from their own experience, heritage, and creative interests.

In addition to the stunning artworks on display, A Place to Stand features interactive elements, video interviews with the artists, and documentary film.

The artists of the Kshetra Collective embody a range of the Indian diaspora and its diversity. The collective aims to be inclusive of artists and creatives rather than focusing on a specific group, religion or language. This is the first group show of its kind in Aotearoa and is of great significance, especially for communities and audiences that have had little representation in respected New Zealand institutions.

A Place to Stand: Contemporary Indian Art in Aotearoa is supported by the Local Activation Fund Programme, administered by Auckland Unlimited on behalf of the New Zealand Government.

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Tā'ere Mā’ohi i Aotearoa: Mā’ohi Culture in New Zealand
SUN 13 FEB - SUN 24 APR

Tā'ere Mā’ohi i Aotearoa: Mā’ohi Culture in New Zealand

Discover the beautiful landscapes and fascinating history of Mā’ohi Nui (Tahiti and neighbouring archipelagos) in Te Taunga Community Hub's latest exhibit. The entirely community-curated gallery tells the story of Tā'ere Mā’ohi i Aotearoa - Mā’ohi culture in New Zealand.

Everything you will see and experience in the gallery has been chosen by the community to tell their own story, from the treasures on display, to the labels, the signage and even the lighting.

Tā'ere Mā’ohi i Aotearoa is an invitation to experience the rich heritage and culture of its people through images, projections, and traditional objects.


Banner image by: Ha Une Te Natura
Sudan: A Confluence of Cultures
SUN 5 DEC - SUN 23 JAN 2022

Sudan: A Confluence of Cultures

Discover the many stories of Sudan in this exhibition curated by New Zealand Aotearoa’s Sudanese community.  

On display in Te Taunga, the Museum's Community Hub, this exhibition showcases the history and art of this culturally rich country, told by Sudanese people of many varied ancestries and lifestyles. 

Just as the Blue and White Nile meet in Sudan, A Confluence of Cultures celebrates the intersection of Sudanese diversity, and nurtures the relationship with our communities in Aotearoa New Zealand.

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Sudanese Women Traditional Dress (White - Everyday, Red- Wedding Costume)

Marwa (Travelling Sudania)