HIS­TORY IN BRIEF II

North & South - - Review -

MATAATUA WHARENUI: TE WHARE I HOKI MAI

HIRINI MEAD, POUROTO NGAROPO, LAYNE HAR­VEY AND TE ONEHOU PHILLIS (HUIA PUB­LISH­ERS, $50)

This book takes its name from the Ngāti Awa meet­ing house that was ap­pro­pri­ated – to put it po­litely – by the gov­ern­ment not long af­ter its con­struc­tion in 1875 and sent over­seas as an ex­hi­bi­tion piece. It trav­elled the globe for some 50 years be­fore fi­nally com­ing home again to Whakatāne this cen­tury. This his­tory de­scribes that jour­ney, as well as the events sur­round­ing the open­ing cer­e­mony in 2017 – in­clud­ing, in the in­ter­ests of trans­parency – some of the dif­fi­cul­ties en­coun­tered, as well as in­for­ma­tion about the tipuna rep­re­sented in the house it­self and a de­tailed whaka­papa. Ac­com­pa­ny­ing these are doc­u­men­tary pho­to­graphs of the wharenui and sig­nif­i­cant events in its re­mark­able life story.

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