In the hongi, the breath of life is exchanged in a symbolic show of unity.
This lantern is a celebration of Māori culture in Wellington. It shows a girl and a boy in hongi. We’ve worked closely with mana whenua to develop this beautiful and unique lantern which has been custom-made in Zigong, in China’s Sichuan Province. It will stand at a whopping 7m tall in Odlins Plaza.
The base of the lantern tells the story of Ngake and Whātaitai, the taniwha of Wellington Harbour.
The Wellington Lantern Festival Director, Lily Kao, has children with Māori and Taiwanese heritage. It’s important to her that they learn about their culture and know who they are.