The Wairau Māori Art Gallery is the first dedicated public Māori art gallery in Aotearoa. It joins a select group of public indigenous art galleries internationally and is housed within the stunning new Hundertwasser Art Centre in Whangārei. Hundertwasser himself proposed plans for the building before he passed away in 2000.
The name ‘Wairau’ is Te Reo Māori for One Hundred Waters, just as Hundertwasser means One Hundred Waters in the German language. In Te Ao Māori the notion of multiple waters has deep symbolic meaning since water is the basis of all living things.
Wairau Māori Art Gallery will celebrate and showcase the best of contemporary Māori art and customary practice in Aotearoa.