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Waro Mutu: The End of Coal

14 Mar 2020 to 28 Jun 2020
10am - 5pm, 14 March - 28 June
Photographer David Cook’s relationship with the North Waikato mining township of Rotowaro began in 1984, when Waikato Museum commissioned him to document the impact of the coal industry.
Event type: 
Art, Cultural, Exhibition
Price: 
Free
Venue: 
Waikato Museum
Address: 
1 Grantham Street
Region: 
Waikato

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Photographer David Cook’s relationship with the North Waikato mining township of Rotowaro began in 1984, when Waikato Museum commissioned him to document the impact of the coal industry. Immersing himself in the life of the township, Cook pursued the documentation over four decades, witnessing the expansion of the mine and consequent demolition of the entire settlement. After 100 years of continuous coal extraction at Rotowaro, the mine was closed and the land rehabilitated as pasture, forestry and lakes. Tainui Holdings purchased the land back from the Crown in September of 2017.

This exhibition draws on the Waikato Museum’s large archive of Rotowaro objects and Cook’s photographs. A new moving image work explores tangata whenua perspectives on the significance of this land in light of economic, ecological and cultural histories.

Education programmes are available for this exhibition.

Image: 'Rotowaro Township Mine,' 2004 David Cook 

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Waikato Museum - Te Whare Taonga o Waikato

13 Feb 2020

For an inspirational experience, visit us on the banks of the Waikato River in the heart of Hamilton's cultural precinct. Our exhibitions and activities tell the stories of this region and include visual art, social history, tangata whenua and science.