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Caring for Hinemihi 2013

19 June 2013

Caring for Hinemihi

Institute staff, students, friends and colleagues will take part in the annual event to preserve Hinemihi, the Maori meeting house at Clandon Park on 23 June.

For the past 10 years the UK based Maori community (Ngäti Ranana, Kohanga Reo, and Maramara Totara) have come together with students and staff from the UCL Institute of Archaeology and National Trust to clean and care for Hinemihi, the only UK Maori meeting house, based at Clandon Park, near Guilford.  This year it is hoped that volunteers from the Maori Diaspora will join the maintenance activities and help in keeping Hinemihi warm.

Hinemihi was built in 1881 in the village of Te Wairoa (North Island), In 1886, during the eruption of Mount Tarawera, Hinemihi provided shelter to local inhabitants of the area and was one of the few buildings to survive. In 1892 the Governor of New Zealand, the fourth Earl of Onslow, dismantled and shipped Hinemihi to England with instructions for reassembly in Clandon Park, Surrey, which became a National Trust property in 1956.

This annual event to care for Himemihi, which takes place this year on Sunday 23 June, should appeal to those interested in engaging with Diaspora studies, indigenous peoples, Maori issues, transcultural practice, conservation of cultural heritage, community based projects or to those who would just like an enjoyable day (hopefully!) in the sunshine. No previous experience is needed to participate in this relaxed and enjoyable peoples-based conservation family event. All are welcome!

Please contact Dean Sully for further details about this event and/or if you are interested in becoming one of Hinemihi’s People.

This event is part of the Institute's ongoing commitment to public engagement and outreach activities and its remit to provide archaeological opportunities of the highest quality to all, regardless of background.

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