City Gallery City Gallery Wellington

Past event

Tuatara Open Late

5 July 2018

Art, music, film, talks, beer, wine, and food on the first Thursday of the month.

The July line up includes : Anthony Byrt introduces guest speakers offering radical propositions for Aotearoa New Zealand’s future, a performance—featuring taonga puoro and the Parekōwhai piano—by Hau Manu ki Te Papa and darling of New Zealand music, Bic Runga plays live.

From 5pm This Is New Zealand open, supper treats from La Boca Loca and cash bar open. Radioactive DJ Harri Robinson plays.

6pm This Is New Zealand exhibition tour

7pm Bic Runga plays live

8pm The Present Will Not Hold: Anthony Byrt introduces guest speakers offering radical propositions for Aotearoa New Zealand’s future. Featuring Julia Whaipooti, Mike Joy, Oliver Bruce, Emmy Rakete, and Brooke Van Velden.*

9pm Hau Manu ki Te Papa perform with taonga puoro and the Parekōwhai piano

Space in the Gallery is limited, come early to avoid disappointment.


Anthony Byrt is a critic and journalist. He is a regular contributor to Metro, Artforum, and is the author of This Model World: Travels to the Edge of Contemporary Art (AUP, 2016).

Emilie Rākete is a prison abolitionist organiser and graduate student at the University of Auckland studying the political economy of New Zealand's brutal, racist criminal justice system.

Mike Joy is an environmentalist, author of Polluted Inheritance: New Zealand's Freshwater Crisis (BWB, 2015), and senior researcher at the Institute for Governance and Policy Studies at Victoria University.

Brooke van Velden is a libertarian, former Auckland Central political candidate, and sits third on the ACT Party list. She studied economics and international trade at university, and has a background in public relations.

Oliver Bruce is a blockchain expert who formerly ran strategic projects at Uber, and is an investor in climate change mitigation technologies.

Julia Whaipooti is a proud auntie of five, Senior Adviser in the Office of the Children's Commissioner, and chair of JustSpeak, which advocates for young people's rights in the criminal justice system.

With support from Wellington City Council, Tuatara, Seresin Estate and Radio Active.