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E Hina e! E Hine e! Opening Day

14 September 2019

Join us for the opening day of our new long-term exhibition, that celebrates the relationship between Maaori and Hawaiian female ancestors. 

  • Entertainment Suite – Taiohi Manawataki 11:30am

  • Curator’s talk 1pm-2pm 

Dr Nālani Wilson-Hokowhitu- Research Fellow at the Kotahi Research Institute, University of Waikato

Dr Aroha Yates Smith- former staff member University of Waikato

Maree Mills Curator-Poutiaki Whakataki- Waikato Museum, Te Whare Taonga o Waikato.


E Hina e! E Hine e! explores the contemporary relevance of female Maaori and Kanaka Maoli (Native Hawaiian) akua/atua (ancestors). Focusing on our profound connections, and told through contemporary and traditional taonga (treasures), oratory, and visual storytelling, this exhibition celebrates the female essence.

 Developed by Dr Nālani Wilson-Hokowhitu (Kanaka Maoli), Dr Aroha Yates-Smith (Te Arawa, Tainui, Horouta, Takitimu, Mataatua), and curator Poutiaki Whakataki Maree Mills (Ngaati Tuuwharetoa), this exhibition draws from their research and collective commitment to hear, understand and act on these messages. The continuation of human life on this planet is, in their view, dependent upon it.

Image: Courtesy of Lisa Reihana and Milford Galleries Dunedin