Date: April 5, 2020
Venue: Lake Wanaka Centre
Ticket Details: $19/$10 students
Duration: 75 minutes
“So we go back to the land, the whenua, and we put the names in place because that’s where the history is.”
Lakes Wanaka and Hawea are part of an ancestral landscape of immense cultural significance to Ngai Tahu; stories of people and events, place names, trails, and mahinga kai (food gathering places) are embedded throughout the area.
Many of the region’s original place names, stories and historical associations were rendered invisible by the colonial encounter. However in recent years, the Ngai Tahu Archive team has been working with Ngai Tahu communities to breathe life back into the landscapes of Te Waipounamu / the South Island, by restoring original place names, sharing stories of people and place, and making archival information available to iwi members and the wider community for the first time.
In this session, Takerei Norton, Helen Brown and Sir Tipene O’Regan from the Ngai Tahu Archive team showcase their digital atlas, Ka Huru Manu, and other history and memory projects, to discuss the Ngai Tahu people, places, and stories of Wanaka and Hawea.