July 28, 2015
Refurbishment of Hotunui wharenui is picking up pace
Refurbishment of Auckland Museums wharenui " Hotunui" which began 20 years ago is picking up pace albeit painstaking work.
The Musuem's Director Maori Linnae Pohatu says removal of red paint which she calls "Museum paint" to expose the true pigment colour of the wharenui began a year ago and its progressing well even though its very abour intensive work.
The work isn't expected to be completed for another year.
Inside the wharenui which is viewed by around a million visitors each year, teams of weavers are redoing the tukutuku work, panel by panel.
A laborious job but hugely rewarding task.
Linnae Pohutu says while the meeting house which came from Hauraki has been inside for many years it still deteriorated and it is such a joy to see the amazing toanga being restored with such loving care.
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