Dunedin's mayor is praising the people of Ngai Tahu for installing a display in the Octagon that will spark debate about Maori cultural and intellectual property rights.
Haka Peep Show has been produced by internationally recognised Ngai Tahu artist Rachael Rakena and is presented in partnership by both Te Runanga o Ngai Tahu and the Dunedin City Council.
The towering black pou (carved post) will house three-dimensional video art works that the public can view like a peepshow.
Mayor Dave Cull says instead of going for the obvious sorts of cultural art works, the tangata whenua have chosen something that will make people think more deeply.
He says local iwi wanted to contribute something different that will prompt discussion about the exploitation of Maori cultural and intellectual property rights.
Haka Peep Show aims to promote the Maori identity of the city during the Rugby World Cup.