He wāhine aweawe: Māori women of influence
Events for Wāhine: Beyond the dusky maiden, an exhibition that acknowledges and celebrates the mana of Māori women.
- Date: Friday, 4 August, 2017
12.10pm to 1.00pm
Te Ahumairangi (ground floor), National Library, corner Molesworth and Aitken Streets
- Contact Details:
For more information, email ATLOutreach@dia.govt.nz
Māori women who have influenced or inspired our staff members
Come and hear tales about nannies, a school principal turned ‘Dame’, an infamous con-woman, and other women who have mattered to our staff.
L-R: Cellia Joe, Glenda Gale, Pearl Beattie, and Watson Pita.
Cellia Joe (Ngāti Kahungunu ki Te Wairoa), Heritage Advice Co-ordinator at the Alexander Turnbull Library will talk about the influence of her former high school principal, Dame Georgina Kingi (Miss Kingi) of St Joseph’s Māori Girls College — the world’s only Catholic Māori school for girls, who celebrate their 150th jubilee this year.
Glenda Gale (Kāi Tahu, Kāti Huirapa), Reading Room Services Team leader at the Alexander Turnbull Library, will recount the tales of her infamous relative ‘Maria Loper’ aka ‘Martha Tainui’ who once tricked a whole town into believing she was the daughter of a famous Māori politician whose family were prospecting to buy the whole town.
Pearl Beattie (Ngāti Porou, Ngāti Uepohatu, Ngāti Ruawaipu), Kaiārahi in the Manaakitanga Team at the National Library is going to share kōrero about her upbringing on the East Coast amongst wāhine who inspired and supported her, particularly her grandmother, the late Harata Te Maro.
Watson Pita (Ngāti Wai, Te Āti Awa, Taranaki tūturu, and Ngāti Manawa), the Team Leader, Manaakitanga at the National Library is going to share stories about his Nanny, Hui Esther Niwa (née Bird): “Ko tōku ūkaipō, ko tōku kuia, he poutokomanawa mōku”.
About the speakers
Cellia Joe is a Heritage Advice Co-ordinator at the Alexander Turnbull Library.
Glenda Gale is the Reading Room Services Team leader at the Alexander Turnbull Library.
Pearl Beattie is a Kaiārahi in the Manaakitanga Team at the National Library.
Watson Pita is the Team Leader, Manaakitanga.