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Kororāreka - the Hell Hole of the Pacific

Unitec’s School of Creative Industries presents their annual Costume Exhibition showcasing the talents of their Year 1 and 2 Costume Design & Management students.

This showcase takes you on a journey through Aotearoa’s history, featuring real figures from our past and the costumes they would have worn. In the early 1800’s Kororāreka, now known as Russell, was unearthed as one of New Zealand’s first settlements.

Originally described as having prosperous land and a good harbour, Kororāreka was on the cutting edge of trade. Local Maori embraced the new changes and began trading their own noa (common) items, and even their tapu (sacred) items or taonga.

Unitec costume students have put together an exhibition as a response to the melting pot of characters that resided together in Kororāreka. From settlers to traders to European visitors and Maori warriors. Making New Zealand history.

For enquiries & tour bookings, email:

Peter Rees

For more info about Unitec’s costume course, email:

Erin O’ Neill – Course Coordinator

Dates and times

Date Time 
Friday 20 September 5.00pm - 8:00pm Opening Night
Monday 23 September  10.00am - 4:00pm
Tuesday 24 September 10.00am - 4:00pm
Wednesday 25 September 10.00am - 4:00pm
Thursday 26 September 10.00am - 4:00pm
Friday 27 September 10.00am - 4:00pm Closing

*School tours welcome


Where Unitec Te Po Gallery, Building 1, Mt Albert campus

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