Cook’s Visits


‘A Vocabulary’, a vocabulary of colonisation.

No lockdown escape from Tāmaki this Saturday, 23 October, to eyewitness ‘A Vocabulary’ open at Toi Tauranga, Tauranga Art Gallery .. can’t even see the installation populate the walls this week, or meet kanohi ki te kanohi with kaumātua from iwi and hapū who will caringly bless the show before it opens .. a grand opening for Toi Tauranga’s complete suite of new exhibitions, including ‘A Vocabulary’, will happen Friday, 26 November, when, maybe, there’ll be enough vaccine gushing through our collective selves for Tāmaki to be released.

A tiresome Delta isolation for Auckland this one, but critical, thankful we’re double-vaccinated with an array of three-layer masks and sanitisers .. go well ‘A Vocabulary’, a vocabulary of colonisation.

The artist book is almost out of print, now working on an e-Book, or somesuch.

BRUCE CONNEW / 10.2021


1/ Memorial (1913), Capt James Cook (b. Yorkshire, England, 1728), visited Meretoto Ship Cove (between 15 January and 6 February 1770), killed Kealakekua Bay, Hawai’i, 14 February 1779. Meretoto Ship Cove, Tōtaranui Queen Charlotte Sound. / 1, 2

2/ Memorial (1915), British forces, 12th, 40th, 56th and 65th Regts, Royal Artillery, Royal Engineers, Naval Brigade HMS Pelorus and others, under Col Charles Emilius Gold, and later Maj Gen Thomas Simson Pratt, killed or fatally wounded in battles against Wiremu Kīngi Te Rangitāke, te rangatira o Ngāti Kura, Ngāti Mutunga, Te Atiawa, under Hapurona Pukerimu, te rangatira o Te Atiawa, with Ngāti Maniapoto, Ngāti Ruanui, Taranaki, Ngāti Raukawa, Ngā Rauru, Whanganui and others, Puketākauere pā, 27 June 1860, Mātarikoriko pā and Kairau, 29 December 1860. Waitara Historic Cemetery. / 56, 57, 58, 59, 60, 61