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Whare Māori - The Wharenui (Episode Two) Television – 2011 Documentary Māori

Whare Māori - The Wharenui (Episode Two)

Television – 2011 Documentary Māori

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This episode of the the ground-breaking Māori Television series looks at the place of the wharenui in Māori architecture. Rau Hoskins explores the origins and meaning of the structure, and looks at some iconic examples: a replica pataka being built in Hamilton Gardens; te hau ki turanga (the oldest surviving example of a wharenui) controversially taken by colonial forces, now displayed at Te Papa Tongarewa, Wellington; and Ngākau Māhaki at Auckland's Unitec — designed by master carver Lyonel Grant and replete with dashboard lights from 70s Holdens.

Key Cast & Crew

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Rau Hoskins

Presenter

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Michael Bennett

Director

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Orlando Stewart

Director

The series is beautifully shot local cultural history through architecture, very much the story of how the built environment helps inform who we are.
– Diana Wichtel, Listener, 4 July 2011