Posts written by Matiu Baker

Kahu Ngore

Ngore (cloak), mid 19th century, New Zealand. Maker unknown. Purchased 2012. Te Papa

                          One of the core roles of Te Papa is to continue to acquire taonga that enhance and add-value to its existing collections. And with more than 30,000 individual items in the Matauranga Māori collections, Te Papa’s collections are considerable. And even though… Read more »

Eruini Te Tupe-o-Tū

Tauru Matioro Te Tupe-o-Tu, circa 1860s, Wellington. Richards, E S. Te Papa

Eruini Te Tupe-o-Tū Studio portrait by Edward Smallwood Richards of Wellington     E. S. Richards’s studio portrait of the Māori chief Eruini Te Tupe presents Eruini posed seated facing front-on to the camera arrested in time, comfortably dressed in European clothing with a kaitaka cloak arranged across his upper torso, probably by Richards. The… Read more »

Wi Tako Ngatata…

  • Wiremu Tako Ngatata. Cowan, James, 1870-1943 :Collection of photographs. Ref: PAColl-3033-1-04. Alexander Turnbull Library, Wellington, New Zealand. http://beta.natlib.govt.nz/records/22753197
  • 1921-0001-1 Dr. Featherston and the Maori Chiefs, Wi Tako and Te Puni 1857-58
  • Wi Tako Ngātata painted by Gottfried Lindauer (1880)
  • ME023859; The writing compendium presented to Wi Tako Ngātata on his appointment to the New Zealand Parliament Legislative Council in 1872.

Wi Tako Ngatata ME023859; Writing Compendium [presented to Wi Tako Ngatata] This writing slope belonged to Wi Tako Ngātata, one of Wellington’s most influential tribal leaders during the early colonial period. It commemorates his appointment to the New Zealand Legislative Council. Wi Tako (with Mokena Kohere, Ngāti Porou) was the first Mäori to be appointed to the Council in 1872. Later that… Read more »

Mere pounamu (greenstone weapon) named Whakaae-whenua. Te Āti Awa iwi (tribe) (ME024035)

  • William Strutt, 'The Maori Widow - Rawiri's Grave', 1855. E-453-f-002-1. Alexander Turnbull Library.
  • William Strutt, 'The Maori Widow - Rawiri's Grave', 1855. E-453-f-002-1. Alexander Turnbull Library.
  • Mere pounamu (greenstone weapon) named Whakaae-whenua. Te Āti Awa iwi (tribe). Te Papa (ME024035)
  • Memorial Cross. Margaret Marks

Whakaae-whenua – a recent acquisition Part of our roles as curators is to acquire, or purchase, taonga Māori (Māori treasures) to further strengthen and develop Te Papa’s collection. When considering taonga tūturu (customary taonga) for acquisition, it’s the interesting, the novel, and the extraordinary that we tend to focus on these days – not surprising… Read more »