PICTORIAL HISTORY OF THE HOUSE OF HOTUNUI
Location: Corner of Fenton and Bowen (aka Rolleston) Streets, Thames
Officially Opened: 19 September 1878
Moved: 1925 to Auckland On Display from: 1929 (Dedication 29 November 1929)
Present Location: Auckland War Memorial Museum, Auckland
Background: "Hotunui is the great meeting house of the Hauraki peoples. Built as a marriage present by the Ngāti Awa tribe, Hotunui once stood at Pārāwai near Thames, where this photograph was taken. It is now held at the Auckland Museum."
View of the Thames Meeting House "Hotunui" photographed by the Burton Brothers in the 1880s
Inscriptions: Inscribed - Photographer's title on negative -bottom left: 3228 - Taipari's House - Thames Burton Bros Dunedin.
Source: Burton Brothers (Dunedin, N.Z.). Hotunui Meeting House, Thames. Burton Bros. Ref: PA7-05-19. Alexander Turnbull Library, Wellington, New Zealand. http://natlib.govt.nz/records/22672514
c1925 The meeting house is being dismantled.
Source: M Cunningham Collection, The Treasury
NOTICE OF DEDICATION 1929
|New Zealand Herald 22 November 1929|
The two photos above are old postcards of the House of Hotunui, at the Auckland War Memorial Museum.
The inscriptions on the back read:
Left Postcard: Hotunui: A meeting house for tribal assemblies and the entertainment of guests. Named after the ancestor of Ngati-Maru people of Thames.
Right Postcard: Interior of the Meeting House Hotunui: Lighting used to be from fires on the floor, and these would have cause the paua shell eyes of the carved figures, which represent ancestors, to gleam in the flickering light.
Further information: Link to Auckland War Memorial Museum