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Detail of a colour postcard of Lake Wanaka with bush in the foreground, the lake in the middle, and hills in the background

Wish You Were Here: Early Photo Postcards in New Zealand Mei Konei Koe: Ngā Kāri Whakaahua Tuatahi i Aotearoa

A selection of postcards offering views of popular travel destinations in Aotearoa New Zealand from more than a hundred years ago.

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  • When | Āhea 24 Feb – 5 Apr 2021
  • Where | Ki hea Toi Art, Level 5
  • Cost | Te utu Free entry
  • Ages | Te reanga All ages
  • Allow | Me whakarite 10 minutes

Photo postcards were the social media of the early 1900s. By sending one, you could quickly and cheaply show off the places you’d visited – from main streets to local attractions. You might even get a same-day reply if you sent a postcard across town and your city delivered mail twice daily.

Today, these postcards are a window into the past. They show us what their makers and buyers saw, and thought was important to share.

 


Ko ngā kāri whakaahua te pae pāpori i ngā tau tōmua o 1900. Mā te tuku kāri whakaahua, ka tere ake, ka iti ake te utu ki te whakaatu whakahīhī atu i ngā wāhi kua oti te toro atu – mai i ngā tiriti matua ki ngā kaupapa huinga ā-rohe. Mā te tuku i tētahi kāri ki tētahi pito o tētahi tāone e rua nei ngā wā tukunga mēra i te rā kotahi, tērā ka whiwhi tonu koe i tētahi whakautu.  

Anō he matapihi ngā kāri whakaahua ki ngā rā o nehe. E whakaatu mai ana i ngā kitekitenga i te hunga nā rātou rā i waihanga, i hokohoko rānei, otirā, ko ngā take hira hoki hei whakakitenga atu hei tohatoha atu.

Exhibition highlights Taonga whakaatu

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