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  • Writer's pictureBrent Kerehona Pukepuke-Ahitapu

Maori Matauranga shared with academics

Updated: 5 days ago

The author is humbled to have had the opportunity to present a lecture to PhD and Master's students at the Sainsbury Research Unit, University of East Anglia. This was to help inform future historians about the management of, and appropriate display

of indigenous cultural artefacts, and to provide an understanding of how to interpret these items from outside of a Western viewpoint.


Professor Steven Hooper, invited the author to share his matauranga (knowledge) regarding Hongi Hika, as well as his research and examination methodologies.


Bonuses were the opportunity for the author to hold and examine a taiaha that appears to have belonged to Hongi Hika, and being provided with some information (by PhD Candidate Polly Bense) which led to the author being able to locate and examine another taonga which belonged to Hongi Hika.


We would like to acknowledge and thank, Prof, Steven Hooper - Professor of Visual Arts, Polly Bense - PhD student at Bristol Museum & Art Gallery, as well as the SRU students for their tautoko (assistance/support) and manaakitanga (hospitality) during the author's visit to the Sainsbury Research Centre.



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