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Hinemihi: Te Hokinga – The Return


Published 2020 by Rim Books
128 pages
310 x 233mm, softcover with flaps, colour illustrations Printed offset throughout on coated stock with over-gloss
Authors Hamish Coney and Dr Keri-Anne Wikitera
With contributions by Jim Schuster, Lyonel Grant and photographs by Mark Adams

The journey of the carved house Hinemihi o Te Ao Tawhito (Hinemihi of the old world) is one defined by cataclysmic events and the unpredictability of elemental forces. Through eruptions, fires, wars and displacement she has endured. Today she is an honoured kuia, revered by her iwi in the United Kingdom and her original owners and creators, Tūhourangi, as well as the wider iwi of Te Arawa.

Hinemihi is also an artwork, a taonga of rare beauty whose artist carvers, Tene Waitere and Wero Tāroi,  are celebrated in this publication.

Hinemihi o Te Ao Tawhito will return to Aotearoa after over a century standing in the gardens of Clandon Park in Surrey, home of the Onslow family whose ties to New Zealand date to the tenure of the 4th Earl, William Hillier Onslow’s tenure as Governor in the 1890s.

This publication is also a celebration of one of New Zealand’s most distinguished photographic artists, Mark Adams.

Hinemihi: Te Hokinga – The Return also features numerous unpublished historic images sourced from private collections and New Zealand museums.

The preparation of the publication has taken place in close consultation with Ngā Kohinga Whakairo – the Rotorua based organization which represents Hinemihi’s ancestral iwi Tūhourangi, Ngāti Hinemihi and Ngāti Tarawhai.

With funding support from Creative New Zealand, Bath Street Arts Trust and The Waterloo Foundation.