Rare trea­sures go on dis­play

Auckland City Harbour News - - NEWS -

Rare manuscripts and other Maori trea­sures from the Sir Ge­orge Grey Spe­cial Col­lec­tions never pub­licly dis­played be­fore will be on show at the Cen­tral City Li­brary this month.

The free four-month ex­hi­bi­tion will be opened on June 12 by Auck­land Mayor Len Brown and Auck­land Li­brary Her­itage Trust pa­tron Sir Jerry Mateparae.

Manatunga: Ko nga taonga wai­ho­hanga atu ki te arawhiti, the trea­sures left be­hind in this realm, show­cases na­tion­ally sig­nif­i­cant Maori arte­facts, hand­writ­ten manuscripts, let­ters in­clud­ing one from King Tawhiao, di­aries, maps and pho­to­graphs that record the events of 19th-cen­tury Maori.

Many of these were col­lected by Sir Ge­orge him­self.

He was twice Gover­nor of New Zealand and gifted 14,000 items from his pri­vate li­brary col­lec­tion and more than 3000 let­ters of his per­sonal cor­re­spon­dence be­fore he died in 1898.

Manatunga runs from June 12 to Oc­to­ber 20. It will cel­e­brate Matariki, the Maori New Year, and Te Wiki o Te Reo, Maori Lan­guage Week, with spe­cially cre­ated pro­gram­ming through­out the show. There will also be an on­line ver­sion of the ex­hi­bi­tion on the Auck­land Li­braries web­site.

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