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Matau: traditional hooks

Traditional bone hooks were used to catch large quantities of fish. As some of the hooks were more efficient than steel hooks, the designs have recently been adopted by present-day fishers. ME004877. Copyright Te Papa.

The exhibition Matau: Traditional hooks, innovative designs, closes at the end of November. Next Monday, Te Papa’s Chris Paulin, curator for the exhibition, will be giving an illustrated talk on the intriguing story of matau, and how Māori quickly integrated European tools and technologies with the traditional matau form that had served them so well…. Read more »

Kōrero kākahu: Veranoa Hetet and Te Rōpu Miro

Veranoa Hetet (right) and Kahu Te Kanawa working on Veranoa's kakahu in the Weavers' Studio. Copyright Te Papa.

Veranoa Hetet and her group of weavers Te Rōpu Miro have been the weavers in residence for the  Kahu Ora Living Cloaks exhibition for the last few weeks. Time goes so fast and it’s hard to believe this will be their last weekend at Te Papa, as they finish on Sunday 2 September. Veranoa and her family have had a long… Read more »

News from Loans

We are proud to be able to lend our collection items to support the amazing exhibitions in other New Zealand and international museums and art galleries. Te Papa is in a unique position to be able to lend a wide variety of items and respond to the needs of those building their own exhibitions, and… Read more »

Tai Tamariki children’s kākahu – learning continues

  • Apolline transfers her plan on to her cloak. She studied images of three very different kākaku exhibited in Kahu Ora, and these provided inspiration for her cloak's finished design. Courtesy of Tai Tamariki Kindergarten
  • Apolline's plan for her kākahu: "I got my ideas from looking at lost of different types of korowai like flax, feathers, letters and shapes". Courtesy of Tai Tamaraki Kindergarten
  • Apolline's beautiful kākahu and label on display in the Weavers' Studio of the Kahu Ora exhibition. Courtesy of Tai Tamariki Kindergarten
  • Apolline and Urszula with the kākahu on display in the Weavers' Studio of the Kahu Ora exhibition. Courtesy of Tai Tamariki Kindergarten

by Becs Thomas, Assistant Head Teacher, Tai Tamariki Kindergarten The experience of having Tai Tamariki Kindergarten children’s kākahu displayed in Kahu Ora Living Cloaks has been a wonderful learning journey for our kindergarten community, both culturally and in the learning of exhibition protocol and process. This week the second of our children’s kakahu was put on display…. Read more »

Tai Tamariki Kindergarten childrens’ kakahu on display

Maia Waldegrave aged 4 from Tai Tamariki with her korowai. Courtesy of Tai Tamariki Kindergarten.

Tai Tamariki Kindergarten opened in Te Papa in early February 2010. It’s a unique and wonderful thing for a kindergarten to be located within a museum like Te Papa. The children and staff at Tai Tamariki are frequent visitors to the museum exhibitions, making use of all the learning opportunities and inspiration the museum provides. Kahu Ora… Read more »

Kōrero Kākahu: Building Kōrero

  • Matthew McIntyre-Wilson and a Te Papa host. Photograph by Pamela Lovis. Te Papa.
  • Matthew McIntyre-Wilson. Photograph by Matariki Williams. Te Papa.
  • Mark Sykes preparing the muka. Photograph by Matariki Williams. Te Papa.
  • Mark and some interested visitors. Photography by Pamela Lovis. Te Papa.

By Matariki Williams As many of you will probably know, it is school holidays time and Te Papa is buzzing with the energy of its many extra little visitors. Kahu Ora is no exception and when I went in to talk to the new weavers in residence, I was very happy to see the exhibition… Read more »

Kōrero Kākahu: Weaving Worldviews

Donna Head, Kohai Grace and Clare Butler. Photograph by Pamela Lovis

by Matariki Williams A highlight for me in Kahu Ora is a kākahu that is in the process of being cleaned by Textile Conservator Anne Peranteau. This kahu kurī is from between 1750 and 1840, of unknown provenance, and is made from strips of the pelt of a kurī (Polynesian dog) sewn onto a finely twined foundation… Read more »

Kōrero Kākahu: Goldie, Lindauer and Korowai

by Matariki Williams Aside from the kākahu on display, Kahu Ora presents visitors with the opportunity to see three exemplars of New Zealand art close up. Two oil paintings by Charles Goldie and another from Gottfried Lindauer show kākahu in another medium and are juxtaposed by an impressive example of a korowai. Many photographs are used… Read more »

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 »