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Maumahara Mo Waiparuru

Motorway Art Installation - detail
Motorway art installation detail
Grafton Gully Motorway Project


Maumahara Mo Waiparuru - Remembering Ancient Pathways

In 2003, the Grafton Gully Motorway Project expanded the scale of the roading network leading to Auckland’s port, and added another layer of change to the landscape story in the heart of Auckland City.

These stone and steel markers in the gully trace a meandering pathway reminiscent of that traveled by the Waiparuru Stream on its way through the ancient Grafton Gully to the Waitemata harbour. This pathway is a passage of time and a journey of release.

Maumahara was a creative collaboration, calling us to remember who we are. It is a prayer for deepening our relationship with the land and waters, and the stories of our cultures embedded here.

Respect to key collaborators, Pita Turei, Ngai Tai ki Tamaki and Ngarimu Blair, Ngati Whatua O Orakei.

Learn more about the process in this interview:

Technical Information: 

maumahara mo waiparuru
remembering ancient pathways


Client: Freeflow Alliance (Transit New Zealand, Beca, Higgins & Fletcher) on behalf of Transit New Zealand in association with Auckland City Council.
Project team: Caroline Robinson, Cabal, Freeflow, Springbank General Metalwork

100m x 30m
earthworks, basalt stone, steel

Photos: Caroline Robinson

Written by

Caroline Robinson

27 Jan 2009

Interests : ART WITHIN LANDSCAPE AND ARCHITECTURE personal and collective mythology