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01 December 2018 —
10 March 2019

Robyn Maree Pickens:
Respect the rāhui

Robyn Maree Pickens, Respect the rāhui, 2018. Commissioned by Te Tuhi, Auckland.
Robyn Maree Pickens, Respect the rāhui, 2018 (installation view). Commissioned by Te Tuhi, Auckland. Photo by Sam Hartnett.


In response to the threat of kauri dieback, mana whenua Te Kawerau ā Maki have issued a rāhui (ritual prohibition) over the Waitākere Ranges. Respect the rāhui is a text-based work by Robyn Maree Pickens that attempts to listen to, and support this closure through reiteration of the rāhui.

Each billboard will present one word of the prohibition: Respect | the | rāhui. The work acknowledges Mary-Louise Browne’s 2010 Te Tuhi billboard work Golden by forming the words from one of Browne’s inkjet prints of kauri gum. This iterative use of Browne’s work acknowledges a historical and conceptual precedent, and signals the spatial and temporal distance between the work and the kauri trees under rāhui.

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