Maori Meeting House


Maori Meeting House

Hinemihi is the only historic Maori meeting house in the UK and one of only a handful outside of New Zealand. The meeting house bears the name of a female tribal ancestor and so is often referred to as ‘she’. Carved in 1880/81 she was bought to Clandon by the 4th Earl of Onslow. – Source National Trust.

Taken: 2nd August 2012
Location: Clandon Park
Camera: Canon EOS600D
F Stop: f/8
Exposure: 1/60 sec
ISO: 100
Focal Length: 18mm
Max Aperture: 3.625


Posted by Bren

I am an amateur photographer, blogger and digital artist as well as being the female half of RyanPhotography. We both have a keen interest in landscape and floral photography. And we live in Kent, also known as the Garden of England, in the United Kingdom. We both have a desire to travel and hopefully one day move to somewhere where it is picturesque and a photographer's delight.


Beautiful photo.A little getaway staying in England. 😉

Sorry Harmony for not replying sooner, been busy with other things… Hope you are keeping well and yes it is a beautiful little getaway.

Aristotle Koskinas, Greek Tourist Guide

I wonder what he gave the Maori to take “her.” What would persuade people to part with their ancestral meeting place? Glass beads or fear?

Welcome Aristotle Koskinas, good question, next time I go to Clandon, I think I will ask that question. Interesting article here about the restoration

Aristotle Koskinas, Greek Tourist Guide

Interesting link indeed – thanks.
No need to ask, the answer’s down there in the last paragraph: he bought “her”. Unfortunately, the article doesn’t mention what he paid.

Aristotle, don’t be so presumptuous:


The Maori Meeting House

A little way outside London in Guildford there is an original Maori Meeting House in the grounds of Clandon Park. The house was originally situated near Rotorua in New Zealand. In 1886 the surrounding countryside was devastated by the eruption of the volcano Mount Tarawera, which was thought to be extinct. The house provided shelter to many terrified inhabitants, who survived although it was almost buried in lava and ashes.

It remained half buried for several years until Lord Onslow, then Governor of New Zealand, had the debris removed, purchased the House and sent it to England in 1892. You can learn more about the recent restoration work
on the house on the Clandon House website

(from here:

so he paid a fair price from something that was only 12 years old at the time and not being used anyway because of the damage caused by the eruption, if he hadn’t bought it perhaps it would have been left to rot away and been lost forever. It’s pretty lazy and disingenuous to make the assumptions you did.

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