Aotearoa NZ

Pouwātū: Active Presence

  • Free
  • Community
  • Visual Arts
  • Polynesian Panthers 50th Anniversary Event

Celebrating the dynamic 40-year career of tohunga whakaahua (photographer) John Miller (Ngāpuhi), Pouwātū is a statement of active presence. This exhibition is a collaboration with kaihoahoa whare (architect) Elisapeta Heta (Ngātiwai, Waikato Tainui).

Best known for his documentation of radical protest, Miller’s photography documents Māori people, culture and communities from the inside. An alternative history to the dominant narrative: they document candid images of people from everyday occurrences to significant moments, at Rātana Pā, Māori Women’s Welfare League hui, and gatherings of the Polynesian Panthers.

This exhibition is a celebration of transformative events in New Zealand’s history with an overarching theme of sovereignty at its core. First shown at Sydney Bienniale NIRIN 2020, which emphasised indigenous art practices across the world, Pouwātū has been expanded for its first viewing on home soil and will be housed within a setting that references the architecture of the wharenui.



Sat 6 March — Sun 30 May
Tue — Fri, 10.00am — 5.00pm
Sat & Sun, 10.00am — 4.00pm

    13 Rose Rd

    +64 9 376 6216



    • John Miller
    • Ruatoki Powhiri
    • 1976


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