Kaupapa - Projects

A brief overview of the projects 

 

 

Hongi's Hikoi: A Trio of Travellers - Three men. Three countries... 

Series of bicentennial commemorative events 

All original events have now been cancelled or postponed 

 

A series of bicentennial commemorative events, to be held in Australia and New Zealand (UK-based events have been cancelled) during late-June 2021 to mid-July 2021.

 

These are to acknowledge Hongi, Waikato and Thomas Kendall's achievements and experiences during their momentous 1820 journey to England and their return to New Zealand in July 1821.

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Hongi's Hikoi: A Trio of Travellers 

Short Film & Documentary 

Footage shot between January 2019 - September 2020

Post-production to begin September 2020

 

The focus of this short film is the 1820 journey, to and from, England, Australia, and New Zealand, by Hongi Hika, Waikato and Thomas Kendall; their experiences and achievements, as pivotal characters from within New Zealand history.

 

The film's duration will be between 10 - 12 mins, with two versions; Te Reo Maori, with English subtitles, and English, with Te Reo Maori subtitles.

Completion date for short film is envisaged to be January 2021, whilst a documentary about the Hongi's Hikoi series of bicentennial commemorative events is expected to be produced some time during 2021-2022. 

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Hongi Hika: A Portrait 

Research Paper/Journal Article 

Project completed - Published June 2019 

This is an academic study focusing on the three carved wooden busts purported to be of Hongi Hika, which are located in New Zealand, Australia and England. 

It is believed that Hongi Hika carved one of these himself, whilst at Parramatta in August 1814, and the idea of which particular carving is authentic is an interesting question.

This article also provides a background to Hongi, Waikato and Thomas Kendalls' 1820 journey to England and Australia.

This article was published in the Journal of Museum Ethnography No 32, 2019, pp. 209-224. 

https://www.slideshare.net/slideshow/embed_code/key/tS8nPSm8TyrR3q

 

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Hongi's Kakahu: Rangatira to Royalty 

Research Paper/Journal Article 

Investigatory viewing completed 10 January 10 2019

Comprehensive examination completed 3 & 14 October 2019

Researching and Writing Process began - December 2019

 

A detailed examination of Hongi Hika's kakahu (woven flax cloak) at the British Museum, will be undertaken, resulting in two outcomes:

 

1. A research paper/journal article will be published in both English and Te Reo Maori, and

2. A re-creation of this significant taonga (cultural treasure) will be made, enabling this stunning

cloak to be brought home to Aotearoa, to be loved and appreciated by all New Zealanders.  

Completion date is envisaged to be April 2021.

 

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A Trio of travellers: three men, three countries 

Children's Book - Digital and Harcopy 

Illustration process to begin in March 2021 
Writing to begin in February 2021 

The purpose of the book is to provide our tamariki with an additional engaging, bilingual, learning option (both Te Reo Maori and English), focusing on genuine, researched whakapapa (history). This is also promotes Maori history through an interesting, culturally and age-appropriate platform.

 

The book is aimed at Kohanga Reo and Primary School level.

Completion date is envisaged to be June 2021.

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Nga upoko o Hongi: The three busts of Hongi 

Curatorial Project 

Curatorial Investigation has been in Process since 
January 2020 
Unbeknownst to most, there are actually three carved wooden busts of Hongi Hika in existence, not just the one in the Auckland Museum, as is commonly believed by many. 
Our goal is to bring these busts together, to unify them, as part of these bicentennial commemorations. This would be the first time that all three busts would have been together, in the same place, and something that may never happen again.
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Background image: 'A Trio of Travellers'. Photographer and artist - Brent Kerehona