Digital Photograph: Sign Advertising Whakahorohoro Ceremony in Lyttelton

Michael Davies
Production date
08 Jun 2011
One portrait colour digital photograph taken on 8 June 2011 of a sign advertising a Whakahorohoro Ceremony in Lyttelton. The sign is a printed piece of paper which has been laminated and attached to the fence on the site of Ground Delicatessen on the corner of London and Canterbury Streets. The cleared site is visible through the fence in the background. The sign explains that whakahorohoro is a ceremony of cleansing in which pieces of destroyed buildings will be burnt.
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Groups in the Lyttelton Harbour basin increased their efforts to reach out into the community to help people come to terms with the destruction and loss caused in the 2010-2011 earthquakes. The assistance offered was both practical, such as hot meals for the elderly, and symbolic, through ceremonies like those advertised here. Later reporting on the event by the Lyttelton Community House stated that around 100 people had attended the combined Matariki (Maori New Year) event and Whakahorohoro (rite of purification) ceremony.
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Officiating Minister; Organiser; Organiser
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London Street; Canterbury Street; Sutton Quay
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