Te Pae Christchurch Convention and Exhibition Centre, New Zealand, is to install a new artwork by Lonnie Hutchinson, named ‘Hana’, for their opening later in 2021.
The three koru-shaped, chandelier-like installations are made of 11,000 glass and acrylic beads and have a combined weight of just over one tonne.
Lonnie Hutchinson stated: “Hana means to illuminate or brighten. The work has been inspired by the Ngāi Tahu creation story and the concept of Ahikā or keeping the home fires burning.
“Each koru is made up of 109 individual strands, some as long as four metres. So, it has taken an army to thread them onto the wires. I’m so grateful to volunteers from the Christchurch Art Gallery who were able to lend a hand and a critical eye to the project.”
Hana was designed in consultation with Matapopore, an indigenous charity which aims to ensure the integration of Ngāi Tūāhuriri/Ngāi Tahu values into its foyer location in Te Pae.
John Bridgman, chief executive of Ōtākaro, the organisation delivering Te Pae, added: “With Te Pae Christchurch so close to completion, you can already tell it’s going to be an iconic building for the city. With the Hana effectively in the front window, it is going to be a spectacular site day and night.
“Barring any further disruptions, we look forward to opening Te Pae Christchurch in December and hosting the first events in the lead up to Christmas.”
In addition, Tourism New Zealand will be showcasing Te Pae Christchurch at the Asia-Pacific Incentives and Meetings Event (AIME 2022), alongside Tākina, the Wellington Convention and Exhibition Centre; and the New Zealand International Convention Centre (NZICC) in the heart of Auckland city.
Bjoern Spreitzer, general manager of domestic and business events at Tourism New Zealand, said: “Our industry revolves around meeting face to face, and New Zealand is very excited about returning to AIME and meeting in-person again.”