“A marae on paper”: the exhibition celebrates the 70th anniversary of the first issue of the Māori magazine

Te Ao Hou: A Moment in Time showcases the tenacity and elegance of the Maori spirit of Te Ao Hou magazine.

Christchurch City Council / Stuff

Te Ao Hou: A Moment in Time showcases the tenacity and elegance of the Maori spirit of Te Ao Hou magazine.

The entire collection of a Maori magazine, described as “a marae on paper”, is now on display in Christchurch.

The exhibition, Te Ao Hou: A Moment in Time, features the collection of Te Ao Hou magazine. It runs from April 16 to August 7 at the Southbase Gallery in Tūranga.

The magazine was published quarterly between 1952 and 1975. It included topics and events most important to Maori and represented the tenacity and elegance of the Maori spirit.

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July will mark 70 years since its first issue.

“The first article in the first issue promised to ‘become like a paper marae, where all matters of Maori interest could be discussed,'” said Christchurch City Council Libraries and Information Officer Carolyn Robertson.

“It is also the basis of the exhibition.”

Robertson said the exhibition content followed the pōwhiri process, an official welcome breaking down barriers between manuhiri (visitors) and hau kainga (hosts).

“Our curator will update and edit the content over its four-month term. People will therefore have to come and visit more than once to fully experience it.

The kawa (process) of the pōwhiri raises the tapu by which the manuhiri are bound.

It includes Karanga (the welcome call), Whaikōrero (the speaking process), Hongi (meeting and connecting), Hākari (the party, more connection but also finalizes the formal part of the process), and Poroporoaki (farewell , reflection time ).

The exhibition will travel to other Christchurch City Council libraries.

“Keep an eye on the libraries website for dates,” Robertson said.

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