Auckland Libraries: Māori and recovery

Māori accounts of disaster recovery

Wednesday 5 February 12pm to 1pm Free

Join Auckland Libraries' Poukokiri Rangahau Māori (Librarian Maori Research) Xavier Forsman from Research North, Takapuna Library as he discusses Māori response to disaster.

Napier Breakwater and Wharf. Showing railway tracks, horses and trains. Coal being loaded into carts in the foreground. Auckland Libraries Heritage Collections 1596-406A
While Hawke’s Bay can be said to owe much its present-day character to the development following the 1931 earthquake, little is documented on how Māori communities of the region fared. 

Join Xavier Forsman as he explores this area by drawing on fieldwork undertaken as part of his Masters thesis. He reflects on the experiences of interviewing Māori elders and the insights gained from them and incorporates how the unpredictable nature of research led him to the region's freezing works closures, disasters in their own right. 

Xavier Forsman

Xavier Forsman is Poukokiri Rangahau Māori (Librarian Māori Research) at Research North, Takapuna Library. He is a recent MSc graduate from the University of Auckland. His principal research interests are in New Zealand and Polynesian history. 

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Napier Breakwater and Wharf. Showing railway tracks, horses and trains. Coal being loaded into carts in the foreground. Auckland Libraries Heritage Collections 1596-406A

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