Commissioned by Te Tuhi in association with Auckland Arts Festival Te Ahurei Toi o Tāmaki Makaurau & New Zealand Maritime Museum Hui Te Ananui a Tangaroa.
Destination Aroha is a testament to the power of love. Aroha for a beloved, for whānau, the community, humankind, our oceans, land and sky. Homegrown, international and universal symbols are pictured on Flatt’s flags; they also signify hope.
Through this kaupapa, Flatt champions aroha as Aotearoa’s greatest cultural possession. He is also conveying the idea that we are more than the sum of our race, sexuality, gender and heritage. Love is vital and helps us through controversies, changed realities and times of uncertainty like the COVID-19 pandemic. Love is love!
Destination Aroha was commissioned for the exhibition A Very Different World (AVDW) at Te Tuhi, Pakuranga. Four of the eight flags spell out the exhibit’s title. In the context of the New Zealand Maritime Museum Hui Te Ananui a Tangaroa, the flags might be signalling a message of love to other ships.