Kanohi ki te Kanohi Exhibition

Kāpiti Coast photographs by Bruce MacMillan

27 January–16 February 2018

Roderick and Gillian Deane Community Art Space - Paraparaumu Library

Bruce MacMillan was a well-known Kāpiti Coast photographer working from the 1950s through to the 1980s. During a time of significant social change, he captured hundreds of thousands of wonderful and diverse celluloid moments – including local people, special occasions, urban settings and local industry. Kāpiti Coast District Libraries now house and care for his extensive negative collection. 

This exhibition is collaboration between Kāpiti Coast District Libraries, Ra Higgott local resident, Bright Photography and Mahara Gallery, Waikanae. The carefully selected images capture historical stories and faces through a photographic lens. Look closely and you may find your grandparents, aunties and uncles – or even your younger self.

At this time of year when we reflect on Te Tiriti o Waitangi and what it means to be a New Zealander on the Kāpiti Coast of Aotearoa New Zealand, these photographs are a true taonga. 

They help us to tell the story of who we are and where we come from. They are a gift from Bruce MacMillan and the people he photographed across our region– together we acknowledge and member them.

 He kitenga kanohi, he hokinga mahara

A familiar face stirs the memory