BLINDED 175 YEARS: Wellingtonians, unaware of their city’s Maori heritage and Te Ati Awa history

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  1. Ray Ahipene-Mercer says:
    I am a Ngai Tara descendant, and have been closely involved in many environmental/political activities re kaupapa maori over the years so am somewhat puzzled at some of your comments.I would welcome contact/meeting so these matters can be more usefully clarified.
    Ray Ahipene-Mercer
  2. Thank you for bringing this important information to light: information which has been readily available to anybody who would take the time to read these books, or talk to a Te Atiawa member, or any keen historian. Sadly, many New Zealanders don’t bother, as they think that what they were force-fed at school was enough-and in my day, (the Eighties), one learned more about European history, aims, and aspirations than Maori culture, history, and aspirations. Hopefully this has been rectified in the modern syllabus, but I won’t hold my breath.

    By the way, you can book a guided tour at Te Papa Tongarewa encompassing storage collections, as well as what’s on display. They cover most of what is written here in this article – as well as art history, rongoa Maori, culture, history, pre-history, natural environment, and Te Papa can even provide kai with entertainment as part of its Maori-themed tours.

    Yes, this comment is a bit of a plug for the products Te Papa Tongarewa offers, but also to let you know that you can access a live presentation about what you’ve written here, so Wellington is not completely lost in terms of what it offers culturally.

    Congratulations on the series of articles, and this well-written piece!

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