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Jock McEwen Talk by Mary McEwen

Jock McEwen Talk by Mary McEwen

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  • Fri 19 Feb ’16, 6:00pm – 7:30pm


Upper Hutt City Library, 844 Fergusson Drive, Upper Hutt Show map


All Ages

Ticket Information:

  • Free Admission

Jock McEwen, a Founding Father of Ōrongomai: an illustrated talk by Mary McEwen.

A hugely respected authority on Māori and Pacific Island cultural matters, Upper Hutt resident Jock McEwen served as Secretary of Māori and Island Affairs from 1963 to 1975. Pākehā by birth, McEwen was fluent in te reo Māori from an early age, as well as an accomplished Māori carver and practitioner of kapa haka and waiata. Mary McEwen, whose biography of Jock is due to be published later this year, will speak about his life, particularly the significance of his activities in Upper Hutt. Jock McEwen was a leading figure in the Māori cultural group Māwai Hakona, for whom he performed and wrote a number of original compositions; he also helped found Ōrongomai Marae, overseeing the carving of its meeting house and later serving as kaumātua.

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