Early contacts between Maori and Pakeha in Aotearoa/New Zealand


  • Date: 7 March
  • Time: 12.15pm–1.00pm
  • Location: Te Wehenga and Malaga Pasifika Rooms, Ground Floor, National Library

Isaac Coates's portraits are a window into a world of contact between Māori and Pākehā. They were created at a turning point in Māori-Pākehā relations, marked by the Wairau Affray – a confrontation over land in June 1843 in which at least 26 people died.

Historian Vincent O’Malley surveyed the history of the period leading up to this change in his recent book, The Meeting Place: Maori and Pakeha Encounters, 1642-1840. In this session Vincent, in discussion with Paul Diamond, will survey this period of early contact between the two races, and the enduring historical lessons.

The speakers

Dr Vincent O’Malley, Research Director of HistoryWorks and author of The Meeting Place; Paul Diamond, Curator of the exhibition

Part of the Turnbull Gallery exhibition, Head and shoulders: Portraits of Māori by Isaac Coates.


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