Posts written by Nina Tonga

Tokelau Language Week Five Minute Quiz 2015

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Malo Ni! This week is Vaiaho o te Gagana Tokelau (Tokelau Language Week) and the theme this year is Tōto hau tōkiga nei, aua na tupulaga e fāi mai: Plant a seed today, for the future generation. Our work in the Pacific Cultures team is driven by similar aspirations to develop and protect our Tokelauan… Read more »

Niue Language Week Five Minute Quiz 2015

Pulou (hat), 1990s, Auckland, by Moka Poi. Purchased 1999 with New Zealand Lottery Grants Board funds. Te Papa (FE011299)

Fakaalofa lahi atu! This week is Niuean Langauge week and the theme is, “Tau tagata Niue, tau magafaoa Niue, fakaaoga e vagahau Niue – Niue people, Niue families, use vagahau Niue”. As a team we aim to use vagahau Niue in relation to our collection of Niuean artefacts. Te Papa’s Pacific Cultures collections have around 290… Read more »

Samoan Language Week 5 Minute Quiz


Talofa lava! This week is Samoan Language Week and the theme this year is ‘Tautua Nei Mo Sou Manuia a Taeao: Serve now for a better tomorrow’. Much of our work here at Te Papa is underpinned by this theme. We strive to develop collections of cultural artefacts that reflect our communities of the past,… Read more »

One out of the glory box – An itsy bitsy teenie weenie….

Betty Curnow's bikini as worn on Shoal Bay during the 1950s. 
Photograph courtesy of Anna Miles.

Well not quite yellow polka dot but a bikini made from a shirt worn in one of New Zealand’s most iconic portraits. This treasured textile was shared by Auckland art dealer, Anna Miles, and is one of many images shared on Instagram and Twitter using our hashtags #Tivaevae #Textiletreasures   This bikini top belonged to… Read more »

Share your Cook Islands tīvaevae and other textile treasures…

Chest of tivaevae, circa 1992, Cook Islands, by John Daley. Gift of John Daley, 2012. Te Papa (CT.063556)

‘Glory box’ is not a term we use a lot today, yet for Cook Island women these large storage chests have stored collections of treasured tīvaevae (quilts) since the 1800s. While tīvaevae can be used as bed covers, many are presented as gifts from family members at important life events such as twenty first birthdays… Read more »

Pacific Cultures ‘Storeroom Selfies’ 2014

Hawaiian researchers, artists and staff from the Bishop Museum, Hawaii.

It has been a busy year for the Pacific Cultures team. We have had people from around the world visit the Pacific Cultures collection storeroom from Wellington hip hop pioneers to weavers and carvers from Niue. Each visit has helped to connect communities with our collection and on many occasions our visitors have offered new insights… Read more »

Five Minute Quiz …Tokelau Language Week 2014

Malo ni! This week is Tokelau language week and the theme is ‘Taofi ke mau ki tau aganuku Tokelau- Hold fast to your Tokelau Culture’ Te Papa’s Pacific Cultures collections have around 314 objects associated with Tokelau including ili (fans), toki (adzes) and model vaka (canoes). This week we will be sharing some of the collection highlights with you… Read more »