072hin_WHAT_architecture triangulates Hinemihi at the Birkbeck

The NZ Studies Network conference aims to examine the ‘making of New Zealanders’ in the past, present and future. It will focus on New Zealand and its many different cultures, exploring their origins, historical sources and influences, contemporary changes and future developments. It aims to embrace as many as possible of the disciplinary fields within the humanities, social sciences and the natural sciences. It is anticipated that the cultures that will be explored will include not only the more obvious national, ethnic and religious ones, but the practices and mindsets of governmental, professional, business, educational, religious and sporting subcultures, and of cultures found in other daily occupations and interests, such as eating, drinking and entertainment. Dean Sully, Rosanna Raymond and Anthony Hoete have collaborated on the conservation of Hinemihi for the past five years, currently as ‘komiti’ members of Te Maru O Hinemihi (In the embrace of Hinemihi) and previously on the National Trust Steering committee of the Hinemihi Project. Together they offer three differing perspectives: a British Conservator, a Polynesian Artist and a (Maori) Architect triangulate our understanding of Hinemihi’s reciprocal relationships with her people.

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