Lightboxes glow, the Earth speaks, and the voices of Tāmaki Makaurau's young people guide you through this wonderous exhibition by artist Kate Parker, in collaboration with fellow artist Sarah-Jane Blake, Mixit and students from six Auckland schools.

Explore the past, present and future of Tīkapa Moana Hauraki Gulf and beyond, see the devastating effects of a kina barren, and be inspired to protect and improve the mauri and health of our region.

I Am Island And Sea is suitable for all ages and visitors are encouraged to add their voice to the exhibition. 

About Kate Parker

Kate Parker is of Ngati Maniapoto, English and Greek descent. She grew up roaming the bush and riding horses in Kaeo in the far north of Aotearoa. 

Kate studied theatre in Melbourne, Australia at The John Bolton Theatre School and returned to co-found New Zealand’s Red Leap Theatre. She is currently working as a visual artist and author and lives in west Auckland with her family. Kate enjoys watching wildlife, being near the forest and the sea and finding ways to support the planet, one seedling at a time.

One consistent drive I have as a maker is to add voice to the rising wave of positive change on our planet.” - Kate Parker

Make a Crankie Box inspired by Sarah-Jane Blake's Future Machine

Watch Sarah-Jane's Video

Download Instructions

This exhibition was made possible with support gratefully received from




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