Taku toi kahurangi / My precious jewel

01/06/2019 - 30/06/2019
Inseperable Huia 2016
Inseperable Huia (2016) Fiona Pardingtonexpand/collapse

As part of the Auckland Festival of Photography 2019, Alberton is delighted to host Taku toi kahurangi / My Precious Jewel, a collection of photographic works and a site specific installation by celebrated New Zealand artist Fiona Pardington MNZM.

Museums, archives, and historic places are both repositories of stories and versions of history that Pardington finds irresistible. Her photographs breathe life into inanimate objects, achieving what she describes as 'a radiant point of encounter – a punctum or a tear in the real from out of which steps a life revived, reconstituted or transubstantiated'.

Pardington’s practice considers the complexities of interaction - the fissures and frictions of culture, colonialism, dialogue, and our collective psyche. Presented in association with Starkwhite gallery, this exhibition will showcase photographs that reflect on Alberton’s architecture, history as a family home, and exceptional environment.

Fiona Pardington (b. 1961) is of Scottish and Māori (Kai Tahu, Kati Mamoe, Ngati Kahungunu) descent. She has a Doctorate in Fine Arts, University of Auckland and in 2016 was in named a Knight (Chevalier) in the Order of Arts and Letters (Chevalier de l’ordre des Arts et des Lettres). Fiona Pardington is represented by Starkwhite, Auckland.

Learn more about Pardington's work and artistic concerns from the artist herself in a free Artist Talk on Sunday 9th June at 1pm, followed by tea & scones. All welcome, no bookings required.

Event Details


  • 1-30 June, Wednesdays to Sundays
  • 10.30am - 4.30pm
  • Alberton is closed to the public on Mondays and Tuesdays.

How Much?

Free entry to the exhibition. Normal admission fees apply to view the house - adults $10, children & Heritage New Zealand members free.


  • 100 Mt Albert Road
  • Mt Albert
  • Auckland
  • 1025

Contact Information

Opening Hours

  • Wednesday - Sunday
  • 10.30am - 4.30pm
  • Closed Christmas Day and Good Friday.


Adults: $10 Children free Use your Entertainment Book voucher here. Please understand that surcharges may apply at times of special events.