Rongowhakaata exhibit at Tairawhiti Museum

Exhibition features a collection of Rongowhakaata taonga returned from New Zealand museums and private collections.

Exhibition features a collection of Rongowhakaata taonga returned from New Zealand museums and private collections.

IMPRESSIVE TURNOUT: From left back, Christy Tekurapa delivered the wero, as Logan Pokai, Huia Pihema, and from front left, Tyler Wharehinga, Matty Thornton and Kanawa Tapara perform at the opening of the Ko Rongowhakaata exhibition at Kelvin Park on Saturday. Picture by Dudley L Meadows, Tairawhiti Museum.
KO RONGOWHAKAATA: After a series of pohiri welcoming home treasure from museums and private collections across the country, the Rongowhakaata iwi exhibition Ko Rongowhakaata is now on display at Tairawhiti Museum. About 500 people viewed the collection on Saturday, after that morning’s pohiri in Kelvin Park. The exhibition features a variety of taonga collected and produced by Rongowhakaata people throughout history. Among the pieces on display is a flag flown by Te Kooti at the end of the last major battle of the New Zealand Wars, a number of carved panels, thought to be from the original church at Manutuke, and a contemporary taniko dress. A collection of kakahu (cloaks) kete (kit bags) and whariki (floor mat) are also on display (pictured). Ko Rongowhakaata is open until April 2. Picture by Dudley L Meadows, Tairawhiti Museum.

HUNDREDS of people attended the opening of the Ko Rongowhakaata exhibition at Kelvin Park on Saturday, in what was described by museum archivist Christine Page as “the biggest day of the year” for the museum.

The exhibition features a collection of Rongowhakaata taonga returned from various New Zealand museums and private collections over the last few months.

Museum director Eloise Wallace said Rongowhakaata and manuhiri made speeches at the opening, and the main theme was the relationship between Tairawhiti and Turanga iwi, as well as a recognition of the journey Rongowhakaata iwi are on.

HUNDREDS of people attended the opening of the Ko Rongowhakaata exhibition at Kelvin Park on Saturday, in what was described by museum archivist Christine Page as “the biggest day of the year” for the museum.

The exhibition features a collection of Rongowhakaata taonga returned from various New Zealand museums and private collections over the last few months.

Museum director Eloise Wallace said Rongowhakaata and manuhiri made speeches at the opening, and the main theme was the relationship between Tairawhiti and Turanga iwi, as well as a recognition of the journey Rongowhakaata iwi are on.

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