Te Waiatatanga Mai o te Atua The Song of the Gods exhibition

Days / Hours: Open daily, 9am-5pm

Observatory, Biology and Physics, Hereford Street

Free entry


Te Waiatatanga Mai o te Atua The Song of the Gods is Te Matatiki Toi Ora The Arts Centre’s new permanent exhibition. The exhibition tells a version of the Ngāi Tahu creation story, as written down in 1849 by Matiaha Tiramōrehu. Six Ngāi Tahu artists have reinterpreted Tiramōrehu’s story, including New Zealand Arts Laureate Dr Areta Wilkinson, who acted as Creative Lead on the project. Together, they have created an immersive, sensory experience with artworks on a monumental scale.

Artists include

  • Dr Areta Wilkinson (Ngāi Tahu) Curator
  • Turumeke Harrington (Kāi Tahu, Rangitāne)
  • Alex McLeod (Ngāi Tahu, Te Rarawa, Ngāti Rangi, Tainui, Ngāti Porou)
  • Kate Stevens West (Ngāi Tahu)
  • Christine Harvey (Ngāi Tahu, Kāti Mamoe, Moriori, Ngāti Mutunga, Te Ati Awa, Ngāti Toa Rangatira)
  • Ariana Tikao (Kāi Tahu)


Due to the heritage nature of the building, access is by stairs only.


Artwork images

1. Te Waiatatanga by Christine Harvey

2. Pou Ruatahito by Turumeke Harrington

3. Pou Ruatipua by Alex Mcleod

4. Pou Tokomaunga by Kate Stevens West


This exhibition is funded by 


Location map

Observatory, Biology and Physics,
Hereford Street


Market Square Hereford St Carpark Boys' High Entrance Engineering Laneway The Observatory Hotel Courtyard South Quad North Quad Registry Student Union The Gym Engineering Cloisters Studio Common Room Library Biology, Observatory and Physics Chemistry School of Art West Lecture Classics Rutherford's Den Clock Tower Boy's High Workshop Great Hall