Hui Ahurei o Tūhoe - Looking back through the lens

Taroi Black
  • Waikato/Te Waiariki

Ka whakahokia kōmuritia tātou ki te hui ahurei i ngā tau whitu tekau. I riro i te kaikāmera Māori a John Miller rāua ko Hirini Melbourne te mahi nei ki te whakamau ake i ngā āhua o taua wā ki te kiriata. 

He pikitia o Tuhoe e whā tekau tau ki muri.

“It was very fascinating because a lot of locals were a bit bemused about what I was doing,” hei tā Miller.

Nā John Miller ngā whakaahua motuhake i kapo, pēnei i tēnei o John Rangihau, te kaiwhakaū o Te Hui Ahurei a Tuhoe. Te nuinga kua kitea e Tuhoe whānui, engari anō ētahi, he kura huna. 

E ai ki a Miller, “I hooked up with the late Hirini Melbourne i sent the negatives to Wellington. So they made the photos that they wanted for the book and most of the negatives got lost. So i'm still very annoyed about that 40 years down the track.”

I Poneke a Miller e noho ana, ka tonoa ia e te tari mātauranga ki te kapo whakaahua mā te pukapuka Wharekura 31. Te whakamere hoki o tana taenga atu mā runga pahi ki te hui.

“Some of the empties clinked out on to the steps and out on to the road,” hei tā Miller.

I te ra tuarua nā Miller te ito o te kaupapa i mau hei whakatinana i ngā korero tuku iho mō tā rātou Tūhoetanga.