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He Kōrero with Alison Jones

He Kōrero with Alison Jones

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  • Sun 26 Jun, 11:00am – 1:00pm


Pompallier Mission, 5 The Strand, Russell


All Ages

Ticket Information:

  • Free Admission

Alison Jones, co-author of He Kōrero: Words Between Us (with Kuni Kaa Jenkins) will do a presentation and Kōrero at Pompallier Mission and Printery this Matariki.

This book traces Māori engagement with handwriting from 1769 to 1826. Through beautifully reproduced written documents, it describes the first encounters Māori had with paper and writing and the first relationships between Māori and Europeans in the first established Maori School in the Bay of Islands at Rangihaua. This also has a connection to the printing presses at Pompallier.

Alison, a pākeha from Auckland, is a professor at Te Puna Wānanga, School of Māori Indigenous Education at the University of Auckland.

Don’t miss this chance to attend an inspiring presentation and korero about the earliest Māori–Pākehā engagements, which gives us a new perspective on the past.


Visit this unique French foothold in the Bay of Islands and you'll see the mission's restored printing press in action. You’ll get an insight into the founding of the Catholic church in Aotearoa and the mana (prestige) Pompallier held in the community, with Māori and Pākehā alike. Finish your visit with French pastries and a promenade of the mission’s heritage-listed garden. Pompallier Mission and Printery is identified as a Tohu Whenua heritage site.

This event is an initiative of Kororāreka Marae. All are welcome and entry is by koha.

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