Stories of Auckland

Tāmaki Herenga Waka

Stories of Auckland

Auckland is one of the leading multi-cultural cities in the world and like most metropolitan centres, the majority of residents were born somewhere else. So how do we describe and define ourselves, as Aucklanders? The stories that begin to answer that question are told in many languages, over many centuries, and through many objects. Tāmaki Herenga Waka means "the gathering place of many waka", and this new suite of permanent galleries chronicle Auckland's past, capture its present, and look to the future of this city.

Our aim in developing these galleries was to ensure that most Aucklanders could see themselves reflected in the histories and stories presented. The galleries contain items from across the broad span of the Museum’s collections and have been chosen to capture the experiences and perspectives of the many peoples that live in Tāmaki Mākaurau (“the city that is loved by many”).

This means that Tāmaki Herenga Waka is your space. It belongs to every single one of us who calls Auckland home.

Tāmaki Herenga Waka is also a place of cultural orientation for visitors to explore what makes Auckland the unique city that it is. Combining the latest contemporary collecting with rich historic content and immersive multimedia experiences, Tāmaki Herenga Waka is a first in the metropolitan museum landscape. A dedicated gallery which acts as a public laboratory employs state-of-the-art data visualisations and interactives to reveal how our city is developing today and how it might evolve in the future.

We could not have realised our vision for these galleries without the generous support of many individuals, communities, and organisations. I would especially like to acknowledge:

  • Auckland Council and the ratepayers of Auckland for their support as our primary funder
  • The Lottery Grants Board Significant Projects Fund that has recognised Tāmaki Herenga Waka as a capital asset of regional significance that will help make to make our Auckland communities stronger.
  • The Sir John Logan Campbell Residuary Estate
  • The Stout Trust
  • The MW & MA Durling Family

We are proud to present this kaleidoscopic view of Tāmaki Mākaurau and encourage you to come and explore the many narratives and hear from the many voices that explore the making of the city in which we are proud to live and work.

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