Art and Culture
Mount Eden Village has a variety of Art and Culture to experience and all within a short distance from the Village.
Mount Eden is home of the arts. Many well know NZ artists having made Mount Eden their home at some point in their creative life. Eden Arts (Maungawhau Mount Eden Community Arts Trust) was founded in 1987 by a group of people committed to promoting the arts in Mount Eden. The Eden Arts project includes literary dinners, sculpture walks, tours of art galleries and other places of interest. Popular events held in Mount Eden throughout the year include, “The Annual Eden Arts Speak”, “Artists in Eden Day”, “Young Artists Awards”, and “Pub Quiz with an Arts Twist.”
Another Eden Arts initiative was the installation of the sculpture Bystanders by Richard Wedekind in Essex Reserve in Mount Eden Village in 2010. In 2013 Eden Arts sponsored Tahuri (Kumara), an installation sculpture by Peter Lange on the corner of Mount Eden Road and Ngauruhoe Street. Eden Arts also updated the large sign at the northern entrance to Mount Eden Village (near Valley Road), incorporating an image by the late Sir Peter Siddell as a tribute to his longstanding association with Eden Arts.
Eden Arts proudly launched the Eden Arts Art Schools Award in 2011. This takes place every July/August and in 2014 was hosted by AUT’s School of Art & Design at their St Paul St Gallery.
For more information on Eden Arts click here.
Village Art Trail
Mt Eden Village has a number of outdoor art and these can be found all through the Village.
Bystanders by Richard Wedekind
Spot Bystanders in Essex Reserve on Ngauruhoe street. Bystanders was part of an Eden Arts initiative completed in June 2010 by sculpture artists Richard Wedekind and is located in Essex Reserve. Made of CORT-EN steel, Bystanders is a sculpture comprising of three figures. These bystanders have a common focus and engage in their immediate environment by simply observing. This work is about shared community experiences and as such are the quintessential bystanders, it successfully reflects the essence and people that is Mount Eden. This sculpture has become familiar focal point in the village.
Mosaic by Claudia Pond Eyley and Mount Eden Normal Primary School
Located at the public toilets on Stokes road, Mosaic was commissioned by Auckland City Council in 2004. This project was lead by Claudia with the handwork done by children from Mount Eden Normal Primary School.
Pou Hawaiki by Carin Wilson
Located on the southern slope of Maungawhau near the Owens road pedestrian entrance to the mountain. This sculpture, or Pou Hawaiki, marks the pathway connecting Maungawhau with the sacred site at Pou Hawaiki, about 200m south of the pou. This ancient trail has connections with Maungakiekie (One Tree Hill) and the Manukau Harbour.
The crater of Maungawhau was an important part of the lives of early Maori settlers in the area, the pou was erected by descendants of these people. Pou recognises the cultural importance of the area to tangata whenua of Aotearoa and the ancient trail that passed this way.
Tahuri by Peter Lange
Located on the corner of Ngauruhoe street and Mount Eden road, Tahuri is a large outdoor sculpture created by Peter Lange, depicting three super-sized kumara rendered in brick and pipe fragments in the artist’s signature playful style. This sculpture tells it’s viewer the story of Tahuri. Tahuri was from Waikato and married into the Te Waiohua people of Tāmaki Makaurau. Her home was on Maungakiekie. Tahuri had green fingers and became legendary for her kumara gardens that stretched from Maungakiekie to Remuera. Several species of kumara were brought to Tāmaki Makaurau on the Aotea waka and Tainui waka.
In September 2013 Eden Arts was proud to support the unveiling of Tahuri, by Dame Catherine Tizard. This sculpture was an Auckland Council project with assistance from the Maungawhau Mount Eden Community Arts Trust (Eden Arts). The project recognised the significant contribution local artist Peter Lange has made to the artistic life of Mount Eden. Peter Lange is one of NZ’s most successful contemporary sculptors.
Mural by Claudia Pond Eyley
Located on the corner of Mount Eden road and Stokes road. The colourful mural can be spotted on the side of the Fraser’s Cafe. First painted in the 1980s as a commission by the Mount Eden Borough Council and upgraded over time. Claudia has been seen on many occasions over the years on her ladder working on this mural repairing weather-damaged paintwork.
Mount Eden is home to Village Music created by John Quigley and Wayne Gillies. Village Music hosts intimate acoustic evenings throughout the year in the Mt Eden Village Centre (previously the Mount Eden Methodist Sunday School Hall) in Ngauruhoe St, just off Mt Eden Rd.
The old hall is a fine place to hold a soirée – which means that it’s an equally great place to come and be the audience. The intimate venue seats about 100, creating a space where the audience and musicians can feel relaxed and connected.
Village Music have seen a variety of musicians and music genres perform, past concerts have included jazz, country folk, along with the sounds of Midge Marsden, and the Nairobi Trio.
For more information on Village Music click here.
Maungawhau (Mount Eden)
Mount Eden or Maungawhau in te reo maori is the first place to visit when getting to the Village. Maungawhau translates to the ‘Mountain of the Whau tree’. The mountain itself is a scoria cone volacano and is the second highest natural point in the whole of the Auckland region. The English name honours George Eden, 1st Earl of Auckland.
Maungawhau is Auckland’s highest volcanic cone (196m) the entire isthmus and both harbours are laid bare. The symmetrical crater (50m deep) is known as Te Ipu Kai a Mataaho which translates to the Food Bowl of Mataaho, the god of things hidden in the ground. The crater is highly tapu (sacred) and visitors should not enter it, but are encouraged to explore the remainder of the mountain. The remains of pa terraces and storage pits are clearly visible.
Auckland Council, along with mana whenua and volunteer group the Friends of Maungawhau, is working to preserve and protect Maungawhau-Mount Eden through better management and re-vegetation strategies, to improve heritage protection, enjoyment and safety.
Between 9am and 5pm every day of the week, you may encounter Tamaki Hikoi hosts at the summit or driving the Maungawhau shuttle, who will be able to share their rich knowledge about the maunga (mountain) with you.
Maunga Hikoi, guided walks on the maunga, can be booked by calling 0800 282 552 or emailing email@example.com
While you can no longer drive to the very top, you can join the legions of fitness freaks jogging or trudging up. Tour buses are banned from the summit, jump on the Manugawhau shuttle which transports passengers to the top from the car park on the lower slope.