TOTI’s project He Tangata arises from the widely known whakatauki that ‘people are the most important thing in the world’
‘He aha te mea nui o te ao? He tangata. He tangata. He tangata’.
Our underpinning objective is ‘Telling the Stories’ of our history-makers, people important to the crafting of our contemporary society and culture. He Tangata will tell of people, their connections with places and times, illustrating significant economic, social and ecological issues, using a range of public-engagement tools, presenting and reinstating heritage & culture, restoring visibility. Locational narratives, for the future; the first to mark the cluster of significant anniversaries 2013-2018.
He Tangata is about real people, real stories, with specific site connections and story depth.
He Tangata storytelling artistry may include:
He Tangata reiterates our heritage, brings it back into public gathering places & projects awareness for the future, making history-makers & heroes visible.
He Tangata projects will be individually funded & proceed as funds allow.
History-makers, significant characters from the past, people who left their mark, celebrities good & bad.
Our initial focus:
Our short-list emerged from almost a hundred initial prospects, drawn up with the assistance of Waikato historians & Heritage Lovers. And we allowed the idea of others emerging.
Ancient Leader of the Tainui Waka migration & settlement throughout Waikato (circa 14th century), an heroic & anointed noble woman of great mana and significance.
Thomas Russell, Frederick Whitaker & Co
These men went on to control hundreds of thousands of hectares in the Waikato hinterland, Hamilton investments, local Parliamentary seats & council.
‘We Shall Remember’
Soldier, artist & teacher whose WWI Gallipoli Campaign painting ‘Man with the Donkey’ is the enduring Anzac image. His life and heroic death in Hamilton largely an untold story.
WW1 War Horse Memorial
Military artist Hon Captain Matt Gauldie’s riderless war horse sensing the 4th Waikato Mounted trooper’s hat has been chosen as the favoured concept for the life-size statue.
‘For the Children’
‘Mother of NZ’ pioneering politician who tackled the hard issues with hands-on and unremitting efforts, focusing particularly on children. She left her mark locally and nationally on most aspects of NZ society and culture.
Celebrating a half century since Louis Armstrong’s sell-out concerts in Hamilton’s Founders Theatre in 1963. Armstrong is regarded as one of the 20th century’s great entertainers.
‘Innovation, Ethics and Commitment’
Nationally acknowledged businessman, entrepreneur and philanthropist, the contemporary 21st Century hero. He is widely respected & loved for his personal and professional ethics.