Posts written by Nina Tonga

Samoan Language Week 5 Minute Quiz

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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 »

Five Minute Quiz… Niue Language Week 2014

Fakaalofa lahi atu! This week is Niue language week and the theme is ‘Fakaako, Fakaaoga, Fakamau-Kia Mauokafua e Vagahau Niue – Learn, Use, Retain – Maintain our Vagahau Niue’. Te Papa’s Pacific Cultures collections have around 290 artefacts associated with Niue, including katoua (clubs), kato (baskets), lei (necklaces) and tao (spears). This week we will be sharing some of the… Read more »

Fijian Five Minute Quiz

Bula Vinaka! This week is Fiji Language Week 2014 and the theme is ‘Noqu vosa, noqu iyau talei’ – My language, my treasure’. Te Papa’s Pacific Cultures collections have around 2816 artefacts associated with Fiji, including  adornments, fans, masi (tapa) and photographs. This week we will be sharing some of the collection highlights with you through our blog… Read more »

Ou taka kofea?| Where are your sandals?

Model Fishing Net (Flying Fish Net), Tuvalu. Gift of L Geursen, 1991. Te Papa

This week to celebrate Tuvalu language week 2014 we have shared a few highlights from our collection on Instagram including a pair of taka (reef sandals). In Tuvalu taka were more than a fashion statement, for some they were a necessity. Tuvalu is a low-lying island group made up of four reef islands and five true atolls. The… Read more »

Queen Sālote on the world stage

Ngatu Pepa [Vilene Tapa], 03.1996, Upper Hutt. Ilo Me'a Fo'ou (New Creations) - Tongan Womans Group. Purchased 1997 with New Zealand Lottery Grants Board Funds. Te Papa

For Tongan language week 2014 – Uike Kātoanga’i ‘o e Lea Faka-Tonga I have been thinking about how our Tongan collection reflects this year’s theme “Ko e Kai ia ‘a e Tonga” – “Enriching Aotearoa with Tongan Wisdom”. My first thought was of the large ngatu pepa (2007) produced by Ilo Me’a Fo’ou a Wellington-based kautaha… Read more »