27 Aug 2022

Dr Deidre Brown: early Christian missions and taonga Maori

From Saturday Morning, 10:35 am on 27 August 2022
Professor Deidre Brown

Photo: University of Auckland's School of Architecture and Planning.

Dr Deidre Brown has a life-long interest in the relationship between Māori and early Christian missionaries. Her whakapapa traces to tribal leader Te Pahi, who inspired Samuel Marsden to set up the first Christian mission in Aotearoa in 1814. A Methodist minister, her great-grandfather Hāpeta Rēnata was one of the first āpotoro —or apostles— in the Rātana church. 

Dr Brown (Ngāpuhi, Ngāti Kahu) is a Māori art and architectural historian at the School of Architecture and Planning, University of Auckland. She is presenting the Julie King Memorial Lecture on September 4 at Christchurch Art Gallery (as part of Word Christchurch) about the role these missions played in collecting and distributing taonga Māori in Europe. Brown is also speaking with curator Nigel Borell about his book Toi Tū Toi Ora: Contemporary Māori Art at the Auckland Writers Festival 2pm today, Saturday 27 August.