Matariki Morning Brew Up

Matariki Morning Brew Up

Hosted by our Sponsor JLL and MC'd by our DE&I Ambassador, Lizzi Whaley. Come and join us for a morning brew hear and from a special guest as we acknowledge and celebrate Matariki.

Speaker: Graham Tipene

Graham Tipene (Ngāti Whātua, Ngāti Kahu, Ngāti Hine, Ngāti Haua, Ngāti Manu) is a renowned Tā Moko artist, whose exceptional talent and dedication have positioned him as a key figure in the promotion and integration of Māori art and culture within the urban landscape of Tāmaki Makaurau Auckland. As we celebrate Matariki, we are honoured to have Graham join us as a speaker, enriching our event with his profound insights.

With an impressive portfolio spanning numerous civic and Council-led projects, Graham Tipene has demonstrated his expertise as a consultant and key artist. His remarkable public works infuse Māori kaupapa (principles) into the fabric of the city, creating a harmonious connection between traditional cultural values and the contemporary urban environment.

Graham's artistic contributions have been through several significant projects throughout Auckland. Notably, he played a pivotal role in the creation of the Waterview tunnel, Victoria Park, Auckland Library, and Tirohanga Whānui Bridge in Albany. Each of these endeavours bears his unique touch, blending Māori artistic traditions with the architectural landscape of the city.

What sets Graham Tipene's work apart is his ability to breathe life into properties and spaces through the art of storytelling and the integration of Te Ao Māori (the Māori world). His creations transcend mere aesthetics, invoking a sense of wonder and awe. By incorporating traditional Māori narratives and cultural elements, Graham's art celebrates the rich heritage of Aotearoa and encourages a deeper understanding and appreciation of Māori culture.

As we gather to commemorate Matariki, the traditional Māori New Year, Graham Tipene's presence will add an extra layer of significance to our event. We are honoured to host Graham and look forward to experiencing the transformative power of his work first-hand.

Event Timeline

7.30am - Arrival/Networking

8am - Presentation Begins

8.45am - Presentation Ends

9.30am - Event Ends

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