HISTORY IN BRIEF II
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.