Posts written by Sean Mallon

Tongan language week 2014

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This week is Tongan language week 2014 – Uike Kātoanga’i ‘o e Lea Faka-Tonga. The theme for this year is “Ko e Kai ia ‘a e Tonga” – “Enriching Aotearoa with Tongan Wisdom”. Te Papa’s Pacific Cultures collections have just over 1000 artefacts associated with Tonga, from art works and photographs, adornments and carvings, textiles,… Read more »

German Samoa captured by New Zealand Troops – 29 August 1914

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Today marks the 100th anniversary of the occupation of Samoa by New Zealand troops. It was the first military action of New Zealanders in the first world war. This postcard titled ’German War Flag captured at Samoa by New Zealand Expeditionary Force’ is one of a small group of items at Te Papa that reference… Read more »

Cook Islands language week 2014

This week is Cook Islands language week 2014. The theme for the week is ‘Te Rakei o Toku Iti-Tangata’ – Our language and our culture are the foundation of who we are. Looking after cultural treasures is a significant part of Te Papa’s role in the community. We have a responsibility to look after and develop… Read more »

Samoan tatau: a tufuga begins his work…

“Taofi mau i au measina: Hold fast to your treasures” is the theme for Sämoan language week 2014. We hope you have followed our tweets and Instagrams over the last few days. To close off this week we look at tatau (tattooing) – one of Samoa’s most well known cultural treasures. This is an excerpt from an… Read more »

Le vaiaso o le gagana Sämoa (Sämoan language week) 2014

“Taofi mau i au measina: Hold fast to your treasures” is the theme for Sämoan language week 2014. Indeed, looking after cultural treasures is a significant part of Te Papa’s role in the community. We develop collections of cultural artefacts from the ordinary to the extraordinary, from the very old to the very recent. We share the… Read more »

We all have a Museum at home…

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Acquired 1970? Hawaii

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Purchased by Annie Clarke (Aunty Ane)
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Herbert Ian Fetaiai Bartley, Te Papa Audience Engagement Facilitator writes: Working at Te Papa for 5 years, I still get really excited visiting the Pacific Collection Store room. Each time, I always spot something I have never seen before and ask our knowledgeable Pacific Cultures team loads of questions. A lot of the conversations I’ve had… Read more »

Connecting with cultural treasures: Visitors to the Pacific Cultures Collections

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Rachel Yates (Curator Pacific Cultures) writes: The Pacific Cultures Collection storeroom has been very busy with guests of all ages from all over the world.  In the last six months, it has been great to see visitors and the Pacific community connect with objects that have been acquired from Pacific people and the Pacific region. School Tours… Read more »

Canoe carvings of West Solomon Islands

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Grace Hutton (Collection Manager Pacific Cultures) introduces us to Nguzunguzu, the guardians of war canoes from the Solomon Islands.  With Kesoko (a water spirit) putting travelling crew members at risk, Nguzunguzu were secured to the prow of every departing war canoe to ensure their safe passage. In the 1800s, on the islands of Choiseul, Santa Isabel,… Read more »

All Power to the Fro!

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(Post by Rachel Yates, Curator Pacific Cultures). While studying history in high school I loved the look of Angela Davis, American activist and feminist.  A key part of this look was her afro!  I came to admire the afro again this year, this time from the Fijian buiniga. Over the last four months I have… Read more »