Maori meeting house

Hinemihi

Hinemihi, the historic Maori meeting house in our garden at Clandon © James Duffy

Hinemihi, the historic Maori meeting house in our garden at Clandon

Hinemihi is the only historic Maori meeting house, or whare, in the UK and one of only a handful outside New Zealand. The meeting house bears the name of a female tribal ancestor from pre-European times. Always referred to as she, never it, she’s a spiritual symbol of nobility and a living link to the past. She was carved in 1880/81 in the shadow of volcanic Mt Tarawera in New Zealand’s North Island close to the town of Rotorua. Today Hinemihi lives with us.

The story of a Maori meeting house

Hinemihi at home in Te Wairoa © A.A. Ryan/Hinemihi Collection

Hinemihi at home in Te Wairoa

Find out more about Hinemihi's roots as the hub of a thriving Maori community on New Zealand's North Island, and the tragic events that left her abandoned there.

The story of a Maori meeting house

Hinemihi during a visit by the New Zealand Olympic Team in 2012 © James Duffy

Hinemihi during a visit by the New Zealand Olympic Team in 2012

Hinemihi is the only Maori meeting house in the UK. How did she find herself on the other side of the world, in the gardens of Clandon Park in a quiet Surrey village?

Hinemihi after the Clandon Park fire

Hinemihi, the Maori meeting house

 Hinemihi is safe and hasn't been affected by the recent fire due to her location in the garden, away from the house. At the moment visiting her is not possible due to the closure of the Clandon Park site whilst we focus on making Clandon Park safe to enter, in preparation for the salvage effort. We're hopeful that this situation may change in the near future.

 

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