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Ngā tai whakarongorua Encounters

Ko ēnei kōwaiwai kiritangata te whakatinanatanga o te mana, o te ihi o ngā iwi e rua. Tērā ētahi ka pūtātarahia te arikitanga o ngā kākākura, Māori mai, Pākehā mai, o te iwi taipūwhenua tōnui rānei o Aotearoa. Ko ētahi ka whakatairanga i ngā pūkenga a te ringatoi. He kawe kōrero o mua ki ō nāianei rā e te katoa.

Toroa ēnei kōwaiwai kiritangata e tau nei. Kei te whai pānga atu koe ki a wai?

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These portraits represent mana – power and prestige. Some trumpet the status of European royalty, Māori leaders, or prosperous colonial settlers in New Zealand. Others advertise the skills of the artist. All carry with them stories from the past into the present.

Explore these portraits which have found a home here. Who do you feel connected to?

A multiplicity of kōrero are on display throughout Ngā Tai Whakarongorua | Encounters. The name itself reflects the multi-vocal approach to translation as a parallel to, rather than directly from, English to te reo Māori, or vice versa. The decision made to bookend the gallery with a taonga tūturu and the portrait of an unknown Māori woman is a further example of representing this range of approaches.

In English, the title has echoes of the sanitised and nostalgic way in which early meetings between Māori and the crew of the Endeavour...

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E hia nei ngā au kōrero e rere ana i te whakaaturanga o Ngā Tai Whakarongorua | Encounters. Kei te ingoa tonu te tikanga, arā, ehara i te mea e hāngai pū ana te whakamāoritanga o te taitara ki te reo Pākehā, engari anō, he huihuinga tēnei o ngā reo maha, he whakatūtukinga o ngā tai kōrero o te moana nui, o te moana pokopoko. Hei tauira, ko te whakatūnga o te taonga pūoro me te kōwaiwai kiritangata o tētahi wahine Māori hei pou mō te whakaaturanga nei – he momo tūtakinga anō tēnei.

He wairua pai tō te taitara i te reo...

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