Other Judith Binney Trust News
Re-opening of Matangireia
A dawn service at Parliament in October marked the re-opening of Matangireia, the former Māori Affairs Committee Room following extensive renovation.
To celebrate the room's centenary a book, researched and written by Ellen Andersen was presented to iwi and whānau who attended. Ellen used a 2020 Judith Binney Trust Writing Award to support her publication about the restoration project.
Ellen, who is now Director Kaiwhakahaere Tautiaki Taonga and Kaupapa Māori at Heritage New Zealand Pouhere Taonga describes the significance of the room here.
Referring to the JBT Writing Award she says it provided 'the opportunity to understand the history of the room (and) made for much better conservation outcomes.'
She adds: 'The other valuable outcome was the work I did with the descendants of the artists whose biographies appear in the book. Their stories are rich and impressive, and have never been published before, and whānau found it really special to have someone dedicated to digging in the archives for them, finding other records to sit alongside their own whānau kōrero.'
The co-administrator of the Judith Binney Trust, John Barr, represented the Judith Binney trustees at the dawn service.