Ki te Kapu o Taku Ringa – In the Palm of My Hand

  • Friday 14 Jun - Friday 16 Aug 2024
  • Ōtorohanga Museum
  • Free

Visit our exhibition and photobook launch at the Ōtorohanga Museum.

Tēnā koutou katoa

Nau mai!  Piki mai!  Kake mai!

We warmly invite you to the opening of our exhibition and photobook launch titled  Ki te Kapu o Taku Ringa – In the Palm of My Hand at the Ōtorohanga Museum June 14 at 4pm.  This line is from King Tāwhiao’s ‘Maioha mō Waikato’, composed while he and his Waikato brethren were living with their Maniapoto relations at Whatiwhatihoe and other places in Te Nehenehenui. The exhibition is part of our Waikato University research project titled Te Nehenehenui - The Ancient Enduring Beauty in the Great Forest of the King Country, a collaboration between Professor Tom Roa and Dr Rodrigo Hill.

The project focused on photographing wāhi mana (places of significance) such as Maungatautari Mountain Sanctuary, Pirongia, Kāwhia, Ōtorohanga, Te Kūiti, and Mōkau , asserting a decolonising of the lens. Each photograph is informed by wānanga, mana whenua accounts embedded with local Waikato-Maniapoto narratives as a way to reassert and reclaim mana over ancestral knowledge, landmarks, flora, and fauna.  

The primary assertion in the book and the exhibition is that the colonial lens is used to tell that story.  Our exhibition and photobook celebrates our use of the photographic lens telling our stories in our way ...

Mauri ora ki te whai-ao, ki te ao-mārama.