Te Marae o Ron­go­take­take – Re­dress­ing our Kahun­gunu His­tory

NZ Life & Leisure - - High St to the Hills -

To 3 Sep­tem­ber, Ara­toi – Wairarapa Mu­seum of Art and His­tory, Master­ton The spot­light falls on the rich and tu­mul­tuous his­tor­i­cal land­scape of Wairarapa in a land­mark ex­hi­bi­tion de­vel­oped in part­ner­ship by Ngati Kahun­gunu ki Wairarapa and Ara­toi. Fol­low­ing 30 years of ne­go­ti­a­tions, the iwi is due to set­tle with the Crown in 2017. Fo­cus­ing on the dis­place­ment and desta­bi­liza­tion of Ngati Kahun­gunu af­ter the loss of more than a mil­lion hectares of land taken by the govern­ment dur­ing coloni­sa­tion, the ex­hi­bi­tion seeks to raise aware­ness of the iwi and its story, the path­way to the his­tor­i­cal set­tle­ment and fu­ture as­pi­ra­tions. Kahu kiwi, taputapu, patu, waka, whakairo, Lin­dauer paint­ings of tipuna and art works by con­tem­po­rary Ngati Kahu­nungu artists are part of the mix. ara­toi.org. nz

A gath­er­ing at Pa­pawai Marae for the sign­ing of the deed gift­ing Lake Wairarapa to the govern­ment in 1896.

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