On the Monday 11th November the Museum, Theatre, Gallery (MTG) in Napier will be welcoming in “Te Arawhiti” the hei tiki of our tipuna Kahungunu. Te Arawhiti is part of an up and coming exhibition named “Rongonui”. That means anything or anybody in the Museum Collection that is well known or famous will be on exhibition which opens on the 30th November.
Te Arawhiti was originally brought to Hawke’s Bay from Whakatāne by Kahungunu, the ancestor of Ngāti Kahungunu. Kahungunu passed Te Arawhiti to his daughter, Tauheikuri, who gifted it as a wedding present to Tūteihonga, the wife of her brother Kahukuranui. Te Arawhiti descended to her daughter Hinemanuhiri, whose son is Tamaterangi. His descendants, Ngāi Tamaterangi from the Waiau River, Te Wairoa, are one of the kaitiaki, caregivers of Te Arawhiti today.
We welcome all interested to come and view Te Arawhiti at the MTG in Napeir from the 30th November onwards.