Te Papanui Exhibition

Artnexus a Waikato-based artist’s group (Artnexus) will provide an exhibition of ERA2016-theme related works in the upstairs foyer/lunch space at the Claudelands conference venue. Attendees will be able to purchase the art via the artnexus website (a special “Environmental Exhibition” folder will be created on the Artnexus site) or direct contact using details with the displayed works.

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Te Papanui is the name of the area where the Claudeland's Event Centre is located and where the ERA Conference is being held. The exhibition 'Te Papanui' draws us into relationship with Earth and place. Ngati Wairere are the Mana Whenua of Hamilton, Kirikiriroa. The following information about Te Papanui has been provided by Matua Wiremu Puke of Ngati Wairere.

For Ngati Wairere and its subtribes, Te Papanui was the ancient pre European name of a once expansive kahikatea, tawa podocarp forest which once dominated the landscape of what is now the modern suburbs of Fairfield and Claudelands. It was one of several once famed forest blocks throughout what is now Hamilton City where the ancestors of Ngati Wairere hunted the native pigeon ( Kukupa), the now extinct Huia and Moho, a large pukeko type of bird that was once commonly seen in this area, the kaakaa ( native parakeet) and other array of wetland based birds also. Berries such as the Koroi, tawa and hinau were also gathered and seeped in fresh water flowing streams and springs to remove their toxic contents.
In 1865, Te Papanui was surveyed as a large kahikatea forest of well over 400 acres with meandering walking tracks that now form Peachgrove Road. All that survives of this forest block is the 6 acres of native bush which now comprises of Jubilee Park.

Te Papanui has two meanings (1) in reference to an adzed plank of timber that a bird hunter would use in the tree tops to spear native kukupa (native pigeons). (2) The horizon or vast flat land.

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Artist Title (click on titles below to view artwork)
Catherine Smith Rimu Forest
  Matai Forest
Robyn McBride Baby Dotterel/Tuturiwhatu, Whangamata 
  Don’t Dock DOC 
  Harakeke Heart 
Vicki Carruthers About Tern
  Estuary Life
  Braided Rivers
Pam Watson Into The Heart of the Dark City - Hamilton
  Waihi Apocalypse - The Sixth Angel Waits
  Make Love Not War - Raglan as Valhalla
  Apollos Realm - Kawhia Harbour
Pauline Tapping Nikau on Pirongia
  Historical Pirongia
Jean Horn Fire
  South Island Mystique II
  Te Hoe Hills

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