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Kōrero kākahu: Rain Capes

by Matariki Williams This week we are featuring two kākahu shown in Kahu Ora that employ the same weaving techniques but use distinctly different materials. These kākahu are both versions of pākē or rain capes, one from 1850-1900 and the other made in 2009 by Matthew McIntyre-Wilson. The inspiration for this pākē hukahuka came when Matthew… Read more »

The Intern Files: Week 1, Taking the Plunge

Paul Junior Suluape about to begin the tatau process.

By Melissa Beseda On June 11th and June 12th, Te Papa hosted a Sāmoan Artist Exchange in celebration of Sāmoa’s 50 years of independence. Artists included weavers demonstrating ie toga (fine mat) techniques at the Weavers’ Studio area of our new exhibition Kahu Ora | Living Cloaks, tatau (tattoo) artists, master carvers, and makers of sennit… Read more »

Kahu Ora: Living Cloaks is open


The scholarship, creativity, professionalism, enthusiasm, commitment and sheer hard work of the Kahu Ora: Living Cloaks team came to fruition today in the VISA gallery, and tomorrow will be on view to the public. It’s a very beautiful exhibition, and visitors will love to be transported into Te Whare Pora – the House of Weaving…. Read more »

Brian Brake: Lens on the world opens at the Tauranga Art Gallery

Te Papa’s touring exhibition Brian Brake: Lens on the world opens on the 1st June at the Tauranga Art Gallery, the exhibition runs until the 15th September 2012 . The exhibition features more than 170 superb photographic reproductions from Te Papa’s permanent art collection, and is the first comprehensive retrospective exhibition of this notable Magnum… Read more »

20 millionth visitor to Te Papa

Eliza Jost with Michael Houlihan and Michelle Hippolite. Te Papa

Yesterday morning at around 10.45am, Te Papa reached a milestone achievement of 20 million visitors since opening in 1998. Congratulations to Eliza Jost, the 20,000,000th visitor to Te Papa. Eliza, originally from Sydney, has been in Wellington for six years and performing as a ballerina with the Royal New Zealand Ballet. “I’m overwhelmed!” beamed Eliza, “Thank you… Read more »

Unique dog skin cloak – soon to be on show at Te Papa

Huru kurī, cloak stitched from whole dog skins, on loan from Puke Ariki.

Every exhibition I work on is different. Each time I learn more and my basket of knowledge (my kete) expands and grows. This time it’s a wonderful exhibition about Māori cloaks, which features many kākahu from Te Papa’s collection, plus a small number of unique taonga which we’re fortunate to borrow from elsewhere. Kahu Ora Living Cloaks opens in about 2… Read more »

‘Pīata’ – a cloak returns home

Descendants of Rāwinia Ngāwaka Tūkeke gather around the kahu kiwi before the blessing inside the wharenui Te Poho o Kahungunu. Rongomaraeroa marae, Porangahau. 6 May 2012.

He kanohi kitea, he hokinga mahara. To see a face is to stir the memory. On Sunday 6 May 2012, a beautiful kahu kiwi cloak from the Te Papa collection, was named by her descendants as part of a special church service held at Rongomaraeroa marae, Porangahau. Te Papa Press recently published a cloak book… Read more »