Auckland Libraries: Kīnaki

Kīnaki: Ngā reta Māori

Friday 15 March - Friday 17 May Free

Kīnaki: Ngā reta Māori demonstrates the power of the pen through a sampling of letters written in te reo Māori to Sir George Grey.

Display of letters from the Ngā reta Māori / Grey Māori letters series
Display of letters from the Ngā reta Māori / Grey Māori letter series, 19th century, Sir George Grey Special Collections, Auckland Libraries.

 Sir George Grey, 1812 - 1898 was many things to many people. The exhibition features original letters from the Sir George Grey Special Collections that were written in te reo Māori to Grey and his contemporaries. 


Recordings of the letters in the gallery space help bring these written taonga alive. The exhibition gives a flavour of nineteenth-century correspondence and concerns, as well as exploring the impact of letter writing and the complex relationships that existed between Māori and Grey. 


It is a showcase for just six of the many hundreds of letters in the Ngā reta Māori / Grey Māori letters series, which thanks to digitisation is now available and searchable via our newly launched website, Kura Heritage Collections Online.


Please note this event will take place on the second-floor gallery space, Monday to Friday, 9am - 5pm and Saturdays and Sundays, 10am - 4pm from 15 March 2019 - 17 May 2019.


You can also find out more about the topics raised in the exhibition by having a look at the specially created book lists, Letters of New Zealand and The art of writing, and Overdrive eBook list.

Display of letters from the Ngā reta Māori / Grey Māori letters series
Display of letters from the Ngā reta Māori / Grey Māori letter series, 19th century, Sir George Grey Special Collections, Auckland Libraries.

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