Te Rauparaha


... texts and parts of texts

Two image works from ‘A Vocabulary, a vocabulary of colonisation, British colonisation of Aotearoa New Zealand, texts and parts of texts from the memorials and some gravestones from a reprehensible war.

 Both works are in the artist book and exhibition, with Rangihīroa Panoho’s mōteatea and kōrero.

 The book is almost out of print and the exhibition is at Toi Tauranga Tauranga Art Gallery until 23 January 2022, which means we in Tāmaki Makaurau will get to see it once Tāmaki borders open mid-December with hesitation behind the exodus, double-vaccinated, vaccine passes, no symptoms, masks, sanatiser and respect.

BRUCE CONNEW / 12.2021


1. Pou whakamaumahara (1880), Te Rauparaha, te rangatira o Ngāti Rārua, Ngāti Rākau, Ngāti Kimihia, Ngāti Toa, died 27 November 1849. Ōtaki.

 2. Memorial (1909), colonial, British and ‘kāwanatanga’ forces, 1st Waikato Militia, under Col Philip Harrington, with 12th Regt and ‘kāwanatanga’ Te Arawa, under Maj William Gilbert Mair and younger brother Ens Gilbert Mair and others, killed or fatally wounded in the attacks on Hauhau, under Pene Taka Tuaia, te rangatira o Ngāi Tū Kairangi, Ngāi Te Rangi, with Pirirākau, Ngāti Ranginui, Ngāti Rangi, Ngāi Te Rangi, Ngāti Raukawa, Ngāti Hauā, Ngāti Porou, Waitaha and others, kāinga o Te Irihanga and Whakamārama, 18 and 23 January and 15 February 1867. Mission Cemetery, Ōtamataha pā, Tauranga-moana. / 244, 245, 246, 247