Posts written by Sean Mallon

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…

  • Two Hawaiian Alo’a shirts

Acquired 1970? Hawaii

Maker unknown

Purchased by Annie Clarke (Aunty Ane)
  • herbies spinning top
  • Herbies tapa
  • Herbie3

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

pacific sisters

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!

Rachel Fiji Buiniga

(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 »

Samoan language scholar and cultural advisor retires: Galumalemana Alfred Hunkin

Galumalemana

The Pacific Cultures team at Te Papa would like to acknowledge the retirement of Galumalemana Alfred Hunkin from his role as head of Samoan Studies at Victoria University of Wellington. Galumalemana founded the Samoan Studies Department and has published books and articles on the Samoan language. Galumalemana has been a key advisor for Te Papa… Read more »

Four rare photographs of Olohega: Tokelau language week 2013

  • Olohega Jennings family
  • Olohega copra cutting
  • Olohega copra
  • Olohega church

It’s the last day of Tokelau language week 2013. Te Papa staff are blogging daily with stories related to Tokelau and its treasures from Te Papa’s collections. Today, we will finish the week with four rare photographs from Olohega, the most eastern atoll of Tokelau. The photographs were taken in 1886 by New Zealand photographer Thomas… Read more »

From Tokelau to New Zealand: Tokelau language week 2013

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Group of young men and women from the Tokelau Islands who came to live in Wellington. From left to right: Lele Tanu, Suisana Lemisio (nee Perez), Eneliko Tovio, Hinalagi Maka, Ianeta Baker (nee Tinielu), Lui Tufala, Kailua Teilo, Filika Tato (nee Lomano), Akileo Manuele and Savelio Lomano. Photograph taken circa 26 May 1964 by an unidentified Evening Post staff photographer.

This week is Tokelau language week. The theme for this year’s celebration is: “Ko te au o mātua, ko fānau: At the core of a parents heart, are their children.” With the younger generation in mind, Te Papa staff are blogging daily with stories related to Tokelau and its treasures from Te Papa’s collections. In this blogpost… Read more »