Koki Ake Te Oro
/ Pump Up The Volume
(Te Aro Pā)
Now a self-guided audio tour across 12 chapters! The recording will be available to listen on Saturday 24th and Sunday 25th February:
Image Credit: Taupuruariki Whakataka Brightwell
Estimated time to complete tour: 25 mins
Embark on a journey that will propel you into the far future to reimagine Te-Whanganui-a-Tara as we know it today. Koki Ake Te Oro is a long-form poem by acclaimed poet and artist Debbie Broughton (Ngāti Haumia, Taranaki Iwi). In 2024, this poem takes the shape of a walking audio tour narrated by future descendants of Ngāti Haumia of Te Aro Pā .
This stunning walking tour includes some places that will be familiar to those on the waterfront in 2024, but many places that are yet to come to fruition. Koki Ake Te Oro encourages us to pay attention to what is possible and to dream bigger about what rangatiratanga looks like. The poem speaks to the displacement of descendants of Te Aro Pā and the tūpuna of the Bolton St Cemetery; how exercising rangatiratanga can alleviate the climate crisis; and how the act of hīkoi with intention (in this case a walking tour), can open people's minds and reimagine the future. All these provocations tie to the kaupapa of uncovering and sharing the stories of Te Aro Pā - where Debbie’s ancestors lived in one of the largest pā on the waterfront in the 1800s. In this way the waterfront public will encounter the stories of the Te Aro Pā and that its descendants are still here.
Debbie Broughton (Taranaki Iwi, Te Aitanga a Hauiti, Ngāti Porou, Ngāpuhi) is the
author of the poetry collection The Ani Waaka Room (Te Tākupu Press; 2022). She has
a Masters in Māori Laws and Philosophy from Te Wānanga o Raukawa, which informs
her writing about the awesomeness of her ancestors, the realities of whānau life, and
how the big picture impacts on the little.