November 25, 2019
Bishop Museum magic for Ngati Mutunga
Magic is how a Ngāti Mutunga trustee is describing Te Rā o Te Rangi Hiroa at Urenui Marae on Saturday.
The annual celebration of the politician, health leader and anthropologist also known as Sir Peter Buck featured for the first time a series of connections with the Bishop Museum in Honolulu, which Te Rangi Hiroa led for 15 years until his death in 1951.
Colleen Tuuta says the hui took delivery of an award made for Te Rangi Hiroa on the occasion of the 125th anniversary of the Hawaii Historical Society, which had been received in 2017 on behalf of the iwi by Ngāropi and Awhina Cameron.
It also heard from artist Ngahina Hohaia and actor Julian Arahanga, who were the first recipients of a resident internship at the Bishop Museum.
"Every day for three weeks they had access to the archives of Te Rangi Hiroa, 18 boxes they could go into and connect with our tūpuna and hall of his work over his lifetime that is being held under the kaitiakitanga of the Bishop Museum in Honolulu," he says.
Ngāti Mutunga has been invited to talk further with the Bishop Museum about strengthening the relationship.
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