Tuia – Encounters 250

In Kauri Hawkins’ upcoming exhibition he takes a contemporary lens to James Cook’s arrival in New Zealand on the Endeavour 250 years ago, drawing on the iconography of basketball.

Hawkins is a sculptural artist who is of Ngai Tamanuhiri, Ngati Porou and Rongowhakaata whakapapa. Currently living in Wellington, Hawkins hails from Gisborne and is a recent graduate of Massey University.


Students study the ideas in Kauri’s work, his response to the historical event and the way he connects it to contemporary issues.

Students will also discuss conventions used in the work and how they express ideas of nationhood and identity through colours in the context of New Zealand history and contemporary New Zealand.

Hands on workshop suitable for years 4 to 10

Through hands-on games that meet the needs of each year level and curriculum/NCEA objectives, students analyse what colours symbolise and mean in New Zealand compared to the rest of the world.

  • Curriculum strands: Visual Arts, Social Sciences
  • Duration: 90 minutes
  • Suitable: Primary, Intermediate, Secondary
  • Cost: Free
  • Dates: 1 April- 21 June