E aro ana ki Taranaki
Events for Wāhine: Beyond the dusky maiden, an exhibition that acknowledges and celebrates the mana of Māori women. Includes film screenings at Ngā Taonga.
- Date: Friday, 18 August, 2017
12.10pm to 1pm
Te Ahumairangi (ground floor), National Library, corner Molesworth and Aitken Streets
- Contact Details:
For more information, email ATLOutreach@dia.govt.nz
Historical and contemporary perspectives on Te Aro Pā
Over 100 years ago, a photograph taken of Hana Te Awhitu and Tamati Wiremu Te Wera was given the caption "The Last Māori to live in Te Aro Pah." The remains of whare ponga from Te Aro Pā were discovered in 2005, and preserved for viewing on the ground floor of the Bellagio Ātaahua Apartments on Taranaki Street. The majority of Te Aro Pā remains 'invisible'.
However, Taranaki women continue to bring to light their ancestors’ stories, and create new kōrero and art about their own lives in present-day Wellington. Join Honiana Love and Debbie Broughton as they share historical and contemporary perspectives on Te Aro Pā.
About the speakers
Debbie Broughton is a descendant of Pirihira Matangi and Wi Kingi Te Awhitu who lived at Te Aro Pā. She is of Taranaki, Te Aitanga a Hauiti, Ngāti Porou and Ngāpuhi descent. Over the past ten years Debbie has published fiction and non-fiction. Her recent public art exhibition in the Courtenay Place light boxes, Magical Māori Mystery Tour of Wellington, explored contemporary perspectives of Te Aro Pā through poetry, memoir and short fiction. She is a pūkenga in Te Whare Whakatupu Mātauranga at Te Wānanga o Raukawa.
Honiana Love is of Te Ātiawa, Taranaki Iwi, Ngāti Ruanui, and Ngā Ruahinerangi descent. She is the Pou Ārahi Strategic Advisor, Māori, at Ngā Taonga Sound & Vision, where she works with iwi and Māori around use of their collections. Prior to this she was a Senior Adviser, Māori at Manatū Taonga, Ministry for Culture and Heritage. She has over 25 years of archival experience — including working as an archivist at Archives New Zealand and Te Reo o Taranaki, and as a librarian. She is passionate about connecting people with their tūpuna and taonga. "My iwi, hapū and whānau are at the heart of who I am."
Public art lightboxes on Courtenay Place. Photo by Neil Price, Wellington City Council.