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Whiti Te Rā! The Story of Ngāti Toa Rangatira – now open!

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Kia ora koutou. The exhibition opening and celebratory weekend was amazing. Thank you to all the many people of Ngāti Toa Rangatira who helped make this day happen. Also our acknowledgements to our past iwi in residence, and all those who came to the dawn opening, travelling from far and wide. There were over a thousand people in… Read more »

Whiti Te Rā! The Story of Ngāti Toa Rangatira exhibition – behind the scenes

  • Wol Jobson (2D designer) and Craig Turvey (3D designer) at work in the design studio
  • Sarah Parai and Rei Warren with their harakeke wreath for the commemorative war  section
  • Hone Moriarty - tiki series for Te Huka a Tai display
  • Team meeting

The final days for the exhibition installation is upon us. Progress has been moving along at a steady pace, as all the structural build, lighting, graphics, technological services, audio visual testing, instalment of cases and taonga are taking place.     The development of the exhibition began about 19 months ago, with the establishment of… Read more »

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

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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 »