Tamatea, Ōtākou #1  2010

Centennial Memorial Gate #1, Ōtākou  2010

Centennial Memorial Church #3, Ōtākou  2010

Centennial Memorial Church #1, Ōtākou  2010

Museum, Centennial Memorial Church, Ōtākou #1  2010

Huirapa, Puketeraki #1  2010

Hui Te Rangiora, Puketeraki #1  2010

Kotahitanga, Moeraki #1  2010

Te Whare is a photographic series documenting Kāi Tahu and Kāti Mamoe whare. It is a snapshot in time of buildings at the centre of communities.
The idea of a series of images of Kāi Tahi whare was first suggested to me by Suzanne Ellison after her viewing of my Rehutai series. As I am of both Māori and Scottish descent, I have a double interest in Menzies.
Although my surname is Pardington, I was born Neil Alexander Cameron. My birth father, Guy Anson Cameron, was from Awarua (Bluff). I am Kāi Tahu and Kāti Mamoe through my father and Ngāti Kahungunu through my mother Jan Pardington (nee Furley). I whakapapa to Rena Bradshaw (kaumatua number 888), from Awarua, and Hinekino Te Horo (kaumatua number 77), from Moeraki.
This project has a strong personal significance and the connections I made during the shoot have seen me return to the rohe to complete later projects.
Edition of 15, pigment inks on photo rag baryta, unmounted
1,000 x 1,200 mm $8,500 incl GST
800 x 1,000 mm $6,000 incl GST

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