Hākui: Women of Kāi Tahu
Hākui: Women of Kāi Tahu celebrates the lives and legacies of respected Kāi Tahu wāhine (Ngāi Tahu women) as seen from the perspective of kā uri whakatipu (today’s generation).
The term hākui is an acknowledgement of respect and a form of address to a female elder. The exhibition celebrates mothers, aunties, grandmothers, great aunts, great grandmothers and tūpuna wāhine (female ancestors).
Fifty women are profiled in the exhibition and their achievements shared through taoka (treasured objects), photographs and memories. Visitors are invited to share memories of the women in their own lives, to step into ‘Aunty’s kitchen’ and to try their hand at plaiting kāwai kete (flax bag handles).
Developed by Otago Museum alongside Hākui whānau.