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Hongi's Hikoi - Official Launch

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.

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