The Great Feast at St Kentigern’s

Sue Cooper at St Kentigern Girls School May 2024

Remuera Heritage Chair Sue Cooper gave a talk to the St Kentigern Girls Middle School on the Great Māori Feast at Remuera in May 1844, 180 years ago.

St Kentigern Girls are studying the event as part of their Social Sciences (Te Ao Tangata) learning about the history of their local area.

Sue Cooper at St Kentigern Girls School

St Kentigern Girls School

Joeph Merrett painting of the Great Feast

Pupils are using the booklet Remuera Heritage published on the Great Māori Feast to learn about its purpose, location and significance.  The painting by Joseph Merrett who observed the feast or hakiri provided information on its location near the maunga Ōhinerau Mt Hobson and Te Kōpuke Mt St John on what was the Dilworth Estate. About 4,000 guests attended the hakiri given by Ngāti Whātua and Waikato in the presence of Governor FitzRoy.

Māori wished to demonstrate their mana, gain protection from marauding iwi and secure a stable environment for trade and prosperity.

Remuera Heritage is considering publishing a new edition of the booklet this year.