This weekend sees the official launch of our Hongi's Hikoi series of bicentennial commemorative events and educational initiatives, with this Saturday's Hongi's Hikoi: Tales through Taonga event at the Chau Chak Wing Museum in the Sydney University Precinct.
Our event will see the author present two lectures (with an exhibition of replica taonga), a historical short film, the publication of his children's book (English and Maori versions), as well as a journal article, and a PhD-style research paper - all focusing on the 1814 and 1820 journeys by Hongi Hika, to Australia and England respectively.
The event will comprise of an Aboriginal Wuyugil (smoking/cleansing ceremony), a karanga, a waerea, a modern powhiri, kapahaka, and a hakari.
Purakau Productions, Chau Chak Wing Museum, Humanity Services, and the author, are proud to present this project; which will then travel from Sydney, Australia, to Te Tai Tokerau, Aotearoa New Zealand, in July 2022.
This is a private event with limited capacity (Covid guidelines), with guests having received invitations and registering.