28 June 2019
Hikoi shares Henderson’s past with locals
A snapshot of Henderson’s history was shared with locals last month during a hikoi walk along the Opanuku Stream, hosted by Panuku and members of the local community.
Led by Henderson-based artist Charlotte Graham, the group made their way upstream along the waterway, taking in the sights.
The walk ended at Te Puna, Panuku’s pop-up space at Falls carpark and the site where Charlotte is due to create a new artwork.
The hikoi itself was set to an accompaniment of periodic anecdotes and readings by Charlotte, providing context for the locations and drawing on the continuum of connections to Henderson’s rich history of art, Māori tradition and ecology.
The readings were directly inspired by recorded works from Charlotte's great grandfather, historian George Samuel Graham, as well as stories shared with her by Te Kawerau a Maki kaumatua from the Waitākere region.
Below is a short clip from the hikoi. It features Charlotte performing a karakia reading for the group while they pause in front of Opanuku Stream.