Arts Te Papa is changing…

We’re building a spectacular new art gallery and making changes online.

The Arts Te Papa website will be shutting down soon, but head to Collections Online to find your favourite works from New Zealand’s national art collection.

Find out more about the new art space

Keep up to date with news from Te Papa

Other Te Papa Sites

<EM>New Zealand (M&#257;ori) Pioneer Battalion ‘Hui Aroha’, Gisborne</EM> by James McDonald

Curator Athol McCredie discusses this photograph of a Gisborne hui


New Zealand (Māori) Pioneer Battalion ‘Hui Aroha’, Gisborne by James McDonald
<P>This recording was created for Te Papa’s in-gallery audio tour.</P> <P>Transcript:</P> <P><STRONG>Athol McCredie</STRONG></P> <P>Here you can see a large group in what appears to be tent. You might think it was a wedding or party. It is a hui, or gathering, in Gisborne, after World War I.</P> <P>The hui was held to welcome home surviving members of New Zealand’s Pioneer Battalion. This force, also known as the Maori Battalion, had suffered heavy losses in Gallipoli and on the Western Front. This was the occasion of their return.</P> <P>You can tell that the photographer has gained the attention of many, but not all, of the crowd. Not everyone is looking at the camera, and many seem unaware that it’s even there. It’s a wonderfully evocative mix of focussed attention and distraction.</P> <P>Photographs like this seem to capture a whole social landscape, providing a window onto a community at a moment in time.</P> <P><EM>For the next track head towards the long Gallery 9. You’ll find the headphone symbol at the end of the gallery on your right.</EM></P>

More media

Untitled [Scene from the New Zealand (M&#228;ori) Pioneer Battalion &#39;Hui Aroha&#39;, Gisborne]

James Ingram McDonald, Untitled [Scene from the New Zealand (Mäori) Pioneer Battalion 'Hui Aroha', Gisborne], May 1919, black and white silver gelatin glass negative
Full object info is available on collections.tepapa.govt.nz