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13 JANUARY 2010

Rongomaraeroa: contemporary design to tell traditional stories

"Rongomaraeroa, Te Papa's Marae, is the creation of master carver Cliff Whiting and the Māori advisory group to Te Papa, Ngā Kaiwawao, who came up with the concept to develop a fully functional marae, which would embrace the concept of mana taonga and the principles of the Treaty of Waitangi. The official opening was on 30 November 1997. ...

New Zealand's other cultures are represented along the back wall of the meeting house, and the changing relationship between Māori and Pākehā is portrayed inside the cupboards housed in the poutokomanawa (the central heart post of the meeting house)."

(Museum of New Zealand Te Papa Tongarewa)

[A contemporary design built upon traditional cultural values.]



1997Aotearoa New Zealandcarving • Cliff Whiting • community • contemporary • craftcultural valuesdesign artefactidentityIndigenousMaorimaraeMDF • meeting house • museummuseum of contemporary cultureMuseum of New Zealand Te Papa Tongarewa • Nga Kaiwawao • Pakeha • poutokomanawa • Rongomaraeroa • storyTe Papa TongarewaTe Tiriti o Waitangitradition • traditional stories • Treaty of WaitangitribeWellington • wharenui • wood


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