Untitled [Aotea Centre]


Paratene Matchitt



  • Wall Mounted Sculpture


  • Stainless steel
  • Conveyor belts
  • Wood


  • Approx. H7000 (internal only) x W6230 x D310mm

Paratene Matchitt (Whānau-a-Apanui, Ngāti Porou, Te Whakatōhea), ‘Untitled [Maia]’ (1990), Aotea Centre, CBD, Tāmaki Makaurau Auckland

Images: Bronwyn Holloway-Smith, Public Art Heritage Aotearoa New Zealand, 2021


A very large sculptural relief, this work is constructed with local timbers, salvaged metal strips and an old conveyor belt. The height of the piece means that it cannot be viewed all at once. Matchitt suggested the work would be viewed in different ways by different people as they approached the work on various floor levels and from the interior and exterior.

The piece is based on the idea of hospitality (manaaki), which is symbolised by the large central diamond shape. The composition also includes Matchitt's signature symbols, such as hearts, moons, stars and crosses. It makes reference to the history of planting of kumara and stories of ancestors.

Matchitt's son Maia helped his father with the piece, and as a result has his name carved into the mural.

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  • Monday to Friday: 8am to 6pm
  • Saturday, Sunday & Public holidays: Open when scheduled events are taking place in the Aotea Centre. The venue opens 90 minutes before an event/show.

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