As part of This Place Exhibition, Sir Haare Williams speaks at Te Maketu Pa, Cemetery & Reserve
Venue: The Maketu Cemetery Car Park,Pratts Rd.
Highly regarded kaumatua, poet, painter, and orator Haare Williams presents a talk on the history of Te Maketu Pa, Pukekohe and the wider South area.
The Exhibition ‘This Place’ is the jumping off point for a passionate exploration of the history of this site. Haare Williams (Te Aitanga-a-Mahaki, Rongowhakata and Tuhoe) grew up on the shores of the Ohiwa Harbour near Ōpōtiki living with his grandparents in the traditional Māori way, not learning English until the age of eight when he began his schooling.
Williams is a teacher, artist and broadcaster who has made a significant contribution throughout his career to bettering the educational, social, and cultural outcomes of Māori. In 2022 he was recognised by his appointment as a knight (KNZM) for services to Māori, literature, and education.
In the arts he is a published poet and painter and has exhibited in both solo and group exhibitions and has recently released a book of poetry, Haare Williams Words of a Kaumātua.
thanks to the Franklin Arts Centre, more info here: www.facebook.com/events/