University of Waikato Associate Professor Seeks Permission
Dr Carolyn (Kim) King and Tom Roa from Waikato University visited Te Pakira on Tue 12 August 2014 to discuss with kaumatua the use of a photograph in a book on the Pureora Forest being written by Dr King .
Part of the book is dedicated to the animals of the forest including the kiore. Ten years ago, Dr King attended a concert performance in Wahiao and took a photograph of the pou which has the kiore carved into it. We all know which one! It is one of only two instances she has since discovered of kiore in carvings and she was now seeking permission to include this photograph in her book.
After deliberation, the kaumatua decided to allow use of the photograph and appreciated that appropriate protocols had been followed by seeking permission before use.
Dr King, who is Associate Professor with the Department of Biological Sciences at Waikato University, was extremely grateful and wrote the following email:
Dear friends at Whakawhakarewa - Very many thanks to all eight of you who took the time to meet us yesterday. We very much appreciated your interest in the book, your concern for correct procedure, your collective signatures and your wonderfully gracious hospitality, including the beautiful and totally unexpected afternoon tea. My husband Ken sends his thanks for the hangi pie you gifted him, and has vowed to make sure we visit your cafe for another helping next time we are in Rotorua.
Yours very sincerely, Kim
Below are photographs of our kaumatua signing the agreement to enable Dr King to use the photograph of the Wahiao pou with the kiore in her book. The main photograph shows Dr King (back centre) and Tom Roa (front centre).