Trea­sures of long ago

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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 from June.

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 trea­sures were col­lected by Sir Ge­orge him­self.

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

Other items on dis­play in­clude the Tui and Ti­tore sketches drawn in 1818, the ear­li­est recorded hand­writ­ten pa­per works by Maori.

Manatunga runs from June 12 to Oc­to­ber 20. It will cel­e­brate Matariki – the Maori New Year and Maori Lan­guage Week with spe­cially cre­ated pro­gram­ming.

There will also be an on­line ver­sion of the ex­hi­bi­tion on the Auck­land Li­braries web­site from June 12.

The ex­hi­bi­tion will be held at the Sir Ge­orge Grey Spe­cial Col­lec­tions, Level 2, Cen­tral City Li­brary, 44-46 Lorne St.

Photo: AUCK­LAND COUN­CIL

Maori trea­sure: Manatunga Thigh De­sign Te Rangika­heke – one of the Maori trea­sures from the Sir Ge­orge Grey Spe­cial Col­lec­tions on dis­play at the Cen­tral City Li­brary.

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