Interactive: Rongo Hongi and the Kerikeri Mission Slates

The first of a series of interactives, Rongo Hongi and the Kerikeri Mission Slates was made as part of the Kemp House 200th anniversary celebrations.

Kerikeri Mission Station Te Reo Māori Slates

In 2000, Heritage New Zealand Pouhere Taonga staff discovered a pair of historic writing slates beneath Kemp House at Kerikeri Mission Station.

On one slate was a name and age: Rongo Hongi, 16.

Born in 1815, Rongo (later known as Hariata) was a rangatira of significant mana who was involved in Te Tiriti o Waitangi, the Northern War and several other key events of the nineteenth century.

Discover Rongo's story via our new interactive.

Rongo Hongi: Interactive
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