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Tāmaki Herenga Waka: Stories of Auckland

Exploring the past, present, and future stories of a city

Celebrating Tāmaki Makaurau's diversity


Celebrating Tāmaki Makaurau's diversity

Providing a place of cultural orientation

As part of the Auckland War Memorial Museum’s latest renovation, Tāmaki Herenga Waka: Stories of Auckland is a place that shares the story of Tāmaki Makaurau’s cultural diversity. The new space connects people to more than 60 stories, over 500 objects, and 25 developed films – all while celebrating the diversity of people and place in Auckland.

Educating visitors through interactive galleries


Educating visitors through interactive galleries

Auckland, New Zealand
April 2021


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360 degree immersive experience


360 degree immersive experience


The team worked closely with Australian-based designers Thylacine and local shopfitters Dimension Shopfitters to help bring the space to life. All aspects were efficiently coordinated, reducing the amount of risk when the final gallery pieces came together.

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“The launch of the Tāmaki Herenga Waka gallery is a landmark achievement for our city. It provides an anchor - a place of cultural orientation to explore what makes this city what it is.”

Following our involvement in the Auckland War Memorial Museum's Hokohoko Retail Store, Ignite were brought in to assist the museum in a pivotal coordination role between the client, designer, and contractor. Throughout the process, the team produced detailed drawings and provided construction phase services.

With over 500 objects on display, a key component of the gallery is the Kei konei koe You are Here space. It features a large 360-degree immersive experience where visitors can watch the stories of Auckland unfold around them.

Other interactive displays allow visitors to explore the birdsong of Tiritiri Matangi, dive into different types of data on Auckland, and explore various eras of Auckland and its people. It is a place to rediscover the region and explore Auckland’s role in Aotearoa and the wider Pacific.


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