Taniwha, orca whales and traditional Maori waka began dancing
through Auckland Airport yesterday as part of a giant audio-visual
structure unveiled in the international terminal's departures
The tree-like structure, known as Pou Manawa, stands nine metres
tall and features a 577 square metre fabric canopy above it. The
canopy provides the canvas for light-projections of traditional
Maori designs and imagery, which move to music from New Zealand
artist Rewi Spraggon.
Auckland Airport General Manager Retail Adrian Littlewood said
Pou Manawa provided a central feature for a refurbished retail
space in the international terminal's departure area.
"We are providing an iconic centre-piece so passengers can not only
browse and shop but also relax, unwind and reflect in a uniquely
New Zealand way. Pou Manawa is the heart of the retail centre and
stands proud where people gather."
Tourism New Zealand General Manager Public Affairs Suzanne
Carter said the work would serve as a fitting farewell to
international visitors before they left New Zealand.
"Pou Manawa is a lovely showpiece for Auckland Airport's
international departure area and I'm sure it will leave many
thousands of overseas visitors with a satisfying last impression of
their visit to New Zealand."
Pou Manawa's unveiling was hosted by screen actor Temuera
Morrison and attended by dignitaries including Associate Minister
for Transport Nathan Guy and Auckland Mayor Len Brown.