• E te motu e! whakanuia te huringa tau motuhake 50 o te reo Māori me te mana whakaaweawe o te rōpū Tamatoa, tihei mouri ora.

  • The 50th anniversary commemoration
    of Ngā Tamatoa and the revitalisation of te reo Māori

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I am Hana are proud to bring you the following public events.
I am Hana are proud to bring you 
the following public events.

Nei te karanga o  Te Kotahitanga o Te Atiawa , Ngāti Te Whiti , Puketapu, Te Kaunihera-ā-Rohe o Ngāmotu, me te whānau o Hana Te Hemara me Ngā Tamatoa nau mai, rarau mai ki I Am Hana ki Ngā Motu. 

He huihuinga whakanui whakamahara i a Hana Te Hemara me te rima tekau tau o te Petihana Reo Māori.  

Te Kotahitanga o Te Atiawa, Ngāti Te Whiti, Puketapu, New Plymouth District Council, the whānau of Hana Te Hemara and Ngā Tamatoa invite you all to attend upcoming I am Hana events in Ngā Motu.

These events are to commemorate Hana Te Hemara, Ngā Tamatoa and the 50th anniversary of the Māori language petition.

I am Hana

Renowned artist Mr G will be completing a five-storey mural of wahine Māori leader Hana Te Hemara (Te Atiawa, Ngāti Raukawa, Ngāi Tahu). This will be the largest mural Mr G has created to date.

I am Hana project sincerely thank Creative New Zealand who have funded this significant mural.

Watch Mr G create his work from a viewing platform behind Puke Ariki Library.

Learn more about Hana Te Hemara, her connection to Taranaki and the movement of Ngā Tamatoa.

Tuesday 30 August – Thursday 15 September

Open weekdays 9.00am – 4.00pm
King Street, New Plymouth Central

Listen to the life and times of Hana

Listen to the life and times of Hana

Enjoy listening to audio recordings of Hana Te Hemara on the Puke Ariki Library Listening Posts.
1 - 15 September
Puke Ariki Library, New Plymouth Central

Tame Iti - I will not speak Māori

Tame Iti - I will not speak Māori

Ngā Tamatoa member Tame Iti brings to Wellington his multi-platform, multi-media instillation.
1 - 17 September
9.00am - 8.00pm
Marae Ātea, Wellington


Life and times of Ngā Tamatoa

View acclaimed photographer John Miller's images as he captures key Ngā Tamatoa moments from the early 1970s. Also, enjoy a display of personal memorabilia from Ngā Tamatoa members and Hana Te Hemara’s whānau.
8 - 14 September
Opening hours 10 - 4pm
TSB Showplace, Alexandra Room
John Miller photographic exhibition and Ngā Tamatoa Private Collection

Panel series - Ngāmotu

How we changed the world

Join Ngā Tamatoa members as they share their challenges and triumphs during the 1970s as they promoted indigenous rights and the resistance to racial discrimination and injustices. This panel discussion will be facilitated by journalist Oriini Kaipara.
Wednesday 14 September
6.30pm – 8.30pm
TSB Showplace
Seats are limited. Book your place now.
Click here to register

Women's health

Women's health

Hana Te Hemara was a strong advocate for women’s health. Speak to the team at Tui Ora about Smear Your Mea – a kaupapa Māori-led cervical screening campaign.
12 - 15 September
Puke Ariki Library, New Plymouth Central

King Street Party

King Street Party

To celebrate I am Hana events and the completion of Mr G’s mural of Hana Te Hemara, join us by the Puke Ariki Library on King Street for entertainment, food trucks and meet some of the Ngā Tamatoa members.
Thursday 15 September
3.30pm – 7.30pm
Mural site behind Puke Ariki Library, King Street

50th commemoration events across Aotearoa

50th commemoration events across Aotearoa

See all 50th commemoration events across Aotearoa here
August - September
View events!

Panel series - Wellington

Ngā Tamatoa: 50 years since the Māori Language Petition

Join Te Papa for a special panel talk with Ngā Tamatoa members, Linda Tuhiwai-Smith, Kura Te Waru Rewiri, Tame Iti, John Ohia, and Orewa Barrett-Ohia, to commemorate 50 years since the language petition.
Saturday 17 September
2.30pm - 4.30pm
Te Papa - Rongomaraeroa, Te Marae, Level 4
Free event, but booking is required
Click here to register

About Hana

Hana Te Hemara (1940 – 1999) was one of the founding members of Ngā Tamatoa. 

She was a prominent Māori leader and activist who was passionate about the revival of the Māori language.

Her name and her embodiment as a person is the inspiration behind the I am Hana project.

Hana Te Hemara


Tama Tū, Tama Ora, Tama Noho, Tama Mate, Tama Toa

Ngā Tamatoa was formed in the 1970’s and was a Māori activist group which promoted Māori rights, and highlighted issues relating to racial discrimination, the loss of te reo Māori and continued confiscation of land.

Through a series of high-profile protest actions, Ngā Tamatoa galvanised public discussion about the rights of Māori. 

Ngā Tamatoa



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