Clandon Park is an example of a Palladian mansion and was built by a Venetian architect for Lord Onslow in the 1720s. The house contains period interiors and impressive collections. Set in acres of stunning parkland, this mansion, which became National Trust property in 1956, also contains a surprise. Located at the back of the house is a wharenui (Māori meeting house) from Aotearoa (New Zealand).
|Clandon Park house, January 2014, photograph by Natasha Barrett|
During the Tarawera eruption in 1886, Hinemihi provided refuge and shelter for local people and was one of the few structures to survive despite being half buried by ash and volcanic debris.
|Hinemihi, January 2014, photograph by Natasha Barrett|
The resonance of Hinemihi for Ngāti Hinemihi and Ngāti Rānana (expatriate Māori living in London) was explored in the film 'Between Humans and Other Things' by Cecilie Gravesen. You can read more about Hinemihi and more generally about Rotorua carving in the range of publications held in the heritage collections at Auckland Libraries. The Te Maru O Hinemihi website – the virtual marae for this wharenui, gives an array of information including about the Te Maru komiti (committee) and their work caring for and keeping Hinemihi warm through various events and activities.
Below is a selection of other wharenui from the Rotorua area drawn from the heritage collections here at Auckland Libraries.
Wharenui at Ohinemutu:
|Ref: AWNS-19050323-5-1, the wharenui Tamatekapua at Ohinemutu, Rotorua, 1905, Sir George Grey Special Collections|
|Ref: AWNS-19360304-49-2, Native Schools teachers at a conference held at the wharenui Tamatekapua at Ohinemutu, Rotorua, 1936, Sir George Grey Special Collections|
|Ref: AWNS-19100210-6-3, the opening of a new wharenui at Whakarewarewa, Rotorua, 1910, Sir George Grey Special Collections|
|Ref: AWNS-19220316-40-1, the new wharenui opened at Tarewa Road by the Attorney General, 1922 Sir George Grey Special Collections|