Te Papa is coming to Gisborne!

The Museum of New Zealand Te Papa Tongarewa is coming to Gisborne! The Education and Discovery Centre teams will be based at Tairawhiti Museum for a week of exciting art workshops and learning programmes. Schools in the Gisborne area are taking part in free hands-on workshops, exploring kākahu (cloaks), taonga (treasures) and their connection to the area of Gisborne. Two large artworks, in the form of cloaks, will be created by the students, using digital photography and mixed media. The cloaks will be on display at Tairawhiti Museum and then at Te Papa in Wellington for thousands of visitors to see.

The education staff at Tairawhiti Museum

The education staff at Tairawhiti Museum. Aaron Compton and Jen Pewhairangi. Courtesy of Dudley Meadows, Tairawhiti Museum.

Joining the team is Te Papa educator Khali Philip-Barbara, who is no stranger to the Gisborne community. Having grown up in Gisborne, Khali is excited to be returning to her roots to work with local students, extending Te Papa’s reach beyond the Wellington Region. The Te Papa team come from a variety of backgrounds, including Wellington, Sweden, Ruatoki, the Pacific Islands and Gisborne.

The Gisborne Outreach Team

The Gisborne Outreach Team (from top left, clockwise) Ati Teepa, Herbert Bartley, Khali Philip-Barbara, Kim Gustavsson, displaying their favourite taonga.

Added to the mix is gifted master carver Anaru Rondon from The Bay of Plenty Matata. Anaru is offering a workshop that will give people a rare chance at making traditional tools using customary methods.

For more information contact Tairawhiti Museum or Te Papa’s Education Team.
Te Papa will be based at Tairawhiti Museum from 17 – 21 September. This is part of Te Papa’s annual national outreach programme. Te Papa wish to thank the staff at Tairawhiti Museum for their support of this programme.

2 Responses

  1. michele beach

    Awesome Anaru, you will be such an asset to the Gisborne community we miss you here in Matata!☺

  2. Aaron Erl Compton

    We are looking forward to catching up with the Te Papa crew and the local kids are going to love this!


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