Launched during the 2014 season of Matariki, Johnson Witehira’s mural Waituhi references kaitiakitanga, guardianship and protection as well as the cultural and the interesting history of the site, once part of the shoreline that bordered Te Aro Pā and where iwi gathered kai (food).
This is the first time street art has been part of Matariki in Wellington.
Johnson says ‘It’s another chance to bring something Māori into the urban landscape. Often I find myself standing on a Wellington street and I’ll be hard pressed to see anything Māori. Street art is a great way to reach the public and being able to put my art out there means I can bring it to the people.’