This work won the Highly Commended Prize in the Te Hā Art Award in 2017 and was purchased by the Friends of the Museum for the collection.
The theme of the 2017 Art Award was “the impact of settlement on native flora and fauna of Te Tairāwhiti”. Ericson’s clay sculpture depicts in the simplified form of a dog the land form known as Te Kuri a Paoa / Young Nick’s Head.
Patu Parāhe Brass patu
Pākē rain cape
Tātua belt Kahu kurī dog-skin cloak
Kōauau flute Paepae hamuti latrine Turuturu weaving peg Waka huia treasure box
Tātua belt Heru Comb Rei-puta whale-tooth necklace Aurei cloak pin Poro-toroa Albatross toggle Kapeu ear pendant
Te Pou o Hinematioro
Pouwhenua weapon Tewhatewha weapon Taiaha weapon
The museum is offered many interesting items for the collection over the course of the year. Often they are seemingly ordinary, everyday objects, but what makes each of them special and worthy of collecting is the wonderful stories they can tell us about our region’s history. This wicker basket is certainly one such object. This basket was used by William Hamilton (known as Ham) Hannah (b. 1920, d.1967) to deliver bread for Walter Findlay’s Bakery in the 1930s. Ham would have delivered bread around Gisborne by horse and cart. A few people out there may remember having bread delivered by him, perhaps using this basket! Ham served as a Driver in the Army Service Corps in the Second World War and continued to work as a driver when he returned to Gisborne after the war. In the 1960s, he was the Custodian at Churchill Park. He was married to Sarah (Sadie) and they had four children. We would like to thank Julie Hannah for gifting her father-in-law’s breadbasket to the museum.
Mētara Koroneihana a Hōri III George III Coronation medalet
Tīheru/Tata bailer Matau fishhook
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