‘Hibernia Creek’ is from a series of photographs called ‘Entitled’, exploring markers of Pākeha settler’s claiming of landscape. ‘Entitled’ depicts out-of-the-way sites which while individually unimportant, collectively remind us of the colonial history of Aotearoa New Zealand. When Pākeha settlers crossed Te Tai Poutini, finding new places to live and make their lives, they made the place their own by re-naming it, claiming every hill and creek by christening it. Contemporaneously, the names were meaningful to the individuals who chose them, however as time has passed many of the names left littering our landscape have lost their original meaning. We can however, guess the intention behind many of the names; ‘Hibernia Creek’, just south of Punakaiki, would have been named for Irish settlers, probably during the gold rush. A few hundred metres north lies Scotsman Creek and the two may have been named in relation to each other because of who was residing or mining there at the time. No politician named these places, no surveyor looking for patronage from someone more powerful by naming a mountain after them. These places were named by people who didn’t usually have that sort of power. They speak to the promise of a more egalitarian society that many settlers hoped for when they travelled here. Yet that is of course the ultimate irony as they also illustrate the actions of one culture that simply overwrote another, giving very little thought to what was here before them.