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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.

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 Rau Hoskins
 Michael Bennett
 Orlando  Stewart

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 Wynne Brewer

Wynne Brewer

Amazing. What a fantastic presentation and an invaluable resource for New Zealand.


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The series is beautifully shot local cultural history through architecture, very much the story of how the built environment helps inform who we are. 
No other television programme has done as much to educate the public or to showcase examples of Maori architecture. 
Often referred to as a living ancestor, the wharenui is one of our most unique architectural structures. 


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