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Carved wooden box.

Wakahuia (circa 1900) gifted to Premier Richard John Seddon. Photo: Parliamentary Service Collection.

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31 July 2009
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He whakaaturanga Pāremata mō Te Wiki o Te Reo Māori

Ka kitea te wakahuia Māori nei me ētahi atu taonga i kohangia ki ngā mema pāremata, mēnā ka haere koe mā runga haereere o te Pāremata i te marama o Hōngongoi, me te marama hoki o Here-turi-kōkā, ā, hei whakanui anō hoki i Te Wiki o Te Reo Māori.

Nō ngā rau tau o te 1900 pea te wakahuia (pouaka taonga) nei. He mahi nā tētahi tangata whakairo o Te Whanga-nui-a-Tara. Ko tōna ingoa, ko Hākopa Hēperi (Jacob William Heberley) (1849-1906). Nō Te Āti Awa a ia. He taupoki ka taea te wetekina tō te pouaka taonga nei, ā, he rauponga te āhua o ngā whakairo. Ko ngā māhunga i ngā pito e rua, he weku. Kei runga papa rerekē rawa atu ki ērā ō mua te wakahuia e noho ana i te mea, kāore i whakairotia. Me hoki anō ki te taupoki, ki te ingoa o ‘Heta Te Kani’ kei te taha raro e mau ana. Hāunga te tohu o te kaiwhakairo, kei runga tērā i te papa e mau ana.

Kāore he kōrero i te mōhiotia mō te take i waihangatia ai te taonga nei, mēnā i kōmihanatia rānei hei koha. I tukua ki te Paenga Pāremata i ngā rau 1930 e te whānau o Richard John Seddon, i te taha anō hoki o ētahi atu tūemi hītori i te wā, ko Richard John Seddon te Pirimia.

Ki te hiahia toro koe i te Pāremata mā runga haereere kia kite ai hoki i ngā whakaaturanga, ka kitea ngā tūemi katoa e koe i konei i: http://www.parliament.nz/en-NZ/AboutParl/Visiting/.

Māori Language Week display at Parliament

This Māori wakahuia, and other taonga gifted to parliamentarians, can be seen on a tour of Parliament during July and August in a themed display linked to Māori Language Week. …

The wakahuia (treasure box) dates to around 1900. It is the work of a Wellington carver Hākopa Hēperi (Jacob William Heberley) (1849-1906), of Te Āti Awa. It has a detachable lid, rauponga carved designs, with weku heads at either end and differs from the traditional form with a flat un-carved base on which to rest. The underside of the lid is marked ‘Heta Te Kani’ and it has the carver’s stamp on the base.

Nothing is known of the occasion for which it was made, or whether it was commissioned as a gift. It was passed to the Parliamentary Collection in the 1930s by the family of Richard John Seddon, together with other historical items from the period he was Premier.

If you would like to visit Parliament to take a tour and see the displays you can find all the details here: http://www.parliament.nz/en-NZ/AboutParl/Visiting/ .