Posts written by awhinatamarapa

French Connection – Lisa Renard, intern at Te Papa

Lisa (on right) in a Ngati Toa exhibition team meeting

  Lisa Renard, Tamahou Temara and Tracey Kuiti on top of Wainuiomata Hill, Saturday 5 October 2013. Photo and caption courtesy of Tamahou Temara. Lisa Renard- Te Papa intern from the University of Strasbourg, France Lisa is a PhD student and studies at the University of Strasbourg in social and cultural anthropology with Prof Denis… Read more »

Historic Māori Cloak in China

  • Close up of cloak,chicken hackle feathers. Image courtesy of the New Zealand Embassy, Beijing.
  • Cloak on display adjacent to a Brian Brake image of Taramakau river, Southland. Image courtesy of the National Museum of China.
  • The cloak on display adjacent to a Brian Brake image of Taramakau River. The photograph emphasises the colours of Papatūānuku (the earth mother) complimenting the design and colors of the feathers on the cloak. Image courtesy of National Museum of China.
  • Chairman Mao Zedong wearing the feather cloak presented by Ramai Hayward on behalf of King Korokī, 1957. Image still from National Film Archive.

“The smallest is as great as the largest.” October 1st, 1957. Dusk descends on Tiananmen Square, Peking, now known as Beijing. Fireworks crackle light across the night sky, above a city alive with National Day festivities and celebrations. Two intrepid New Zealand film-makers- Rudall and Ramai Te Miha Hayward are there, documenting the life and times of… Read more »

A sense of touch

  • touch trolley
  • touch trolley
  • French whatu 2
  • French whatu 2

Written by Lucy Moore, Exhibition Supervisor One of the joys of being a Te Papa Host is when that ‘light bulb’ moment happens – when a visitor sees or experiences something profoundly new as a result of being in an exhibition.  We’ve had many of these moments in Kahu Ora in the last 2 months,… Read more »

Kahu Ora – Te Whare Pora

Hei tiki on display. On loan from the Morgan family.

In the past, this was a dedicated whare, or house, where aspects of the fine arts of Māori weaving were taught. Today, ‘Te Whare Pora’ is more of a state of mind of an expert senior weaver, who carries or embodies the values, skills and knowledge of this discipline, a most complex, sacred and revered… Read more »