Taonga pūoro – recording the moment

One of Te Papa’s photographers Norman Heke is usually behind the camera. He’s been at many hui and wānanga, studiously taking photos to put together a wonderful photographic record of these events.

This time Norm was able to take part in the taonga pūoro wānanga and learned how to make and play a pūkāea. A mystery photographer captured the moment…

Norman Heke working on his pukaea - and taking a break from being the photographer. Copyright Te Papa

Norman Heke working on his pukaea - and taking a break from being the photographer. Copyright Te Papa

With a little persuasion however we managed to get Norm to take some photos of the wānanga as well. Here is a small selection capturing some of the magical moments.

Hau Manu members Warren Warbrick, James Website, Brian Flintoff, Richard Nunns, Alistair Fraser and Horomona Horo in front of Te Heke-Mai-Raro

Hau Manu members (left to right): Warren Warbrick, James Webster, Brian Flintoff, Richard Nunns, Alistair Fraser and Horomona Horo in front of Te Heke-Mai-Raro. Copyright Te Papa

Wananga members in front of Te Heke-Mai-Raro. copyright Te Papa

Wananga members in front of Te Heke-Mai-Raro. copyright Te Papa

Richard Nunns introducing the group to taonga puoro. Copyright Te Papa

Richard Nunns introducing the group to taonga puoro. Copyright Te Papa

Warren Warbrick, Brian Flintoff and Jo Pleydell working on a pukaea. Copyright Te Papa

Warren Warbrick, Brian Flintoff and Jo Pleydell working on a pukaea. Copyright Te Papa

Brian Flintoff carving a nguru

Brian Flintoff carving a koauau. Copyright Te Papa

5 Responses

  1. Pamela

    Kia ora Jahmaine
    Thanks for your enquiry – sounds an interesting research project. I can suggest some people for you to talk to if you’d like to contact me by email:

    mail@tepapa.govt.nz
    attention: Pamela

    Hear from you soon, Pamela

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  2. Jahmaine Cummings

    Kia ora
    I am a third year student studying at SIT Invercargill and I am currently working on my third year research project. My research is on techniques and approaches engineers and producers use when recording Maori musicians. I am just wondering if you know of anyone that would be ideal to talk to and/or interview for my research project.

    Naku noa Jahmaine Cummings

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  3. Benjamin Ochse

    Kiao ora, you may like to check out the trailer of the docu “Ngaro Rangi Taonga Puoro” with Richard Nunns. He is playing Taonga Puoro collected by James Cook and his crew.

    ano na
    Benjamin

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    • pamelalovis

      Kia ora Benjamin
      Thank you very much for pointing us to the trailer of your documentary. It looks fascinating and I’d love to know more about it. Will it be screened in NZ at all?

      It’s great to see Richard Nunns having the opportunity to play such important taonga and for us all to be able to hear their voices. It’s rare now for taonga puoro in museum collections to be made available in this way, so it’s very special.

      I’ll pass this on to others in our taonga puoro group here at Te Papa.

      Nga mihi nui
      Pamela

  4. Diana-Grace

    Wow….great photos! :)

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