Posts categorized as Exhibitions

Tongan ngatu (tapa cloth): a visual record

As part of celebrating Tongan Language Week: Uike Kātonga’i ‘o e Lea Faka-Tonga (1-8 September) the Pacific Cultures team are highlighting some of the Tongan items in Te Papa’s collection. This is the  fourth blog in our series. Tongan ngatu also known as tapa cloth is an important part of Tongan art and tradition. Te Papa’s collection of about 60… Read more »

August 1914: This month last century

98 years ago New Zealand troops land at Apia, German Samoa (29 August 1914) Ten days after New Zealand entered the war in Europe, it sent troops to occupy German Samoa. This force of almost 1400 men was specifically charged with seizing the colony’s wireless transmitter. The troops that landed at Apia experienced no resistance from… Read more »

On First Looking into Chapman’s Homer

Michael Parekowhai's Venice Biennale exhibition installation at Te Papa

Michael Parekowhai’s Venice Biennale exhibition On First Looking into Chapman’s Homer opened at Te Papa on Friday. The installation looks stunning, clustered in the middle of the space and the sound with the acoustics of the gallery with that high ceiling is wonderful. The exhibition is only on for a month till September 23 2012,… Read more »

Kahu Ora – Te Whare Pora

Hei tiki on display. On loan from the Morgan family.

In the past, this was a dedicated whare, or house, where aspects of the fine arts of Māori weaving were taught. Today, ‘Te Whare Pora’ is more of a state of mind of an expert senior weaver, who carries or embodies the values, skills and knowledge of this discipline, a most complex, sacred and revered… Read more »

The Gods of Gaming are coming to Te Papa

Te Papa is delighted to announce its summer blockbuster exhibition, Game Masters, opening 15 December 2012.  Featuring over 120 playable games across arcade, consoles, and PC, including Donkey Kong, The Sims, The Legend of Zelda, Sonic the Hedgehog, and not forgetting mobile games such as Angry Birds and Fruit Ninja;this exhibition has games suitable for all ages. … Read more »

Feathers of knowledge

  • The feathers closer up in Te Huka a Tai
  • The full Matariki Kakahu
  • Matariki feathers1 jpg
  • Hundreds of feathers!

  Ma te huruhuru te manu ka rere, with feathers a bird may fly. And by the sheer number of feathers that the education team received in the last few months, this bird could fly as far as Matariki!   This amazing paper feather kākahu (cloak) has been created by thousands of students from schools… 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 »

New exhibition of ceramics, glass and metalwork opens this Saturday

Dish. 1883. Designed by William De Morgan, England. Te Papa

Te Papa shares the story of modern design through the collection of ceramics, glass and metalwork gifted by Wellingtonian Walter Cook. Featuring selected objects, the new exhibition, Walter Cook: a collector’s quest opens this Saturday on Level 6. Walter Cook’s first purchase initiated him into what he called ‘the addictive habit and thrill of hunting quarry in second-hand shops’. During the… Read more »