18 October, 9;30am

Discover Onslow, Josh & Helen Emett’s new restaurant located at 9 Princes Street. A landmark Auckland address steeped in history, Onslow’s location was once home to the Grand Hotel that was opened by the Earl of Onslow in 1889. The restaurant walls feature works by renowned photographer Mark Adams including ‘Hinemihi’, a triptych of large format photographs from his recent exhibition 'Hinemihi – Te Hokinga – The Return' at Two Rooms Gallery Auckland. The photograph’s focal point is 'Hinemihi o te Ao Tawhito', one of New Zealand’s most important offshore taonga that was commissioned in 1881 by the Tūhourangi iwi and stood near the famed Pink and White Terraces. After the eruption of Mount Tarawera in 1886 the Whare was acquired by Earl of Onslow who in 1892 shipped it to Clandon House, his family seat in Surrey where it has remained 128 years. Hinemihi - which survived the eruption of Mount Tawawera in 1886 - was carved by Tene Waitere  (1854 – 1931) a master carver of his time whose work also graced the Grand Hotel. 

Sun 18 Oct, 9.30am 
Booking required. (30-45mins)
Join Hamish Coney, art historian and former managing director of Art & Object, who will regale her powerful tale of love, survival, protection and connection that continues to this day. Coney will publish a book about Hinemihi and Mark Adams work this spring (Rim publications). Following the talk, be sure to discover the carved works of Waiheke-based sculptor Anton Forde, who the Emetts have commissioned to create two pieces that pay homage to the legacy of Waitere’s work, fusing traditional techniques and applications in a modern context.
Includes: coffee/tea

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Last updated: 02 October 2020