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The Mahaki and Waioeka Brown Collection

The Mahaki and Waioeka Brown Collection

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When:

  • Mon 14 May ’12, 10:00am – 4:00pm
  • Mon 21 May ’12, 10:00am – 4:00pm
  • Mon 28 May ’12, 10:00am – 4:00pm
  • Mon 4 Jun ’12, 10:00am – 4:00pm
  • Sun 10 Jun ’12, 1:30pm – 4:00pm

Where:

Tairawhiti Museum, Stout St, Gisborne

Restrictions:

All Ages

Ticket Information:

  • Free Admission

The Mahaki and Waioeka Brown Collection was placed in the museum on loan by Mrs Waioeka Brown of Puha, on behalf of her whânau, in 1959. This collection will be exhibited in the Collections Gallery to mark the addition to the collection of a feather cloak, recently completed by local weaver Fiona Collis. The new cloak, commissioned by Waioeka Brown’s descendants, has taken three years to create.

The Mahaki and Waioeka Brown Collection includes a number of very significant taonga tuku iho (treasures handed down from earlier generations) including a mere pounamu (nephrite cleaver), a toki pounamu (nephrite adze), toki (greywacke adzes), kâkahu (cloak), whâriki (mats), and kete. The kete are made of kiekie which was gathered in the bush in the Waioeka George by Waioeka Brown. The two large whâriki, which were made by Waioeka Brown, won the Ngata Cup and the Hine Sherratt Cup at the Mâori Arts and Crafts Exhibition at Whakarewarewa in 1945.

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