Posts categorized as Māori

Planning an ECE education programme for Matariki

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Matariki is an incredibly busy and exciting time for us at Te Papa as we put on a big programme of public events, and educational visits for schools. Our new ECE and family education specialist Martin Langdon was thrown in the deep end the moment he started by delivering countless educational programmes to children during this… Read more »

Election 2017: A mantle of diplomacy

Kahu kiwi (kiwi feather cloak) named Piata, 1840-1855, Hawke's Bay, maker unknown. Gift of Judy La Marsh, 1967. Te Papa (ME011807)

This is a series on five major election issues seen through the eyes of the national museum. In the lead-up to the 2017 General Election, we have linked each of these issues to objects from the collection, or education programmes run by Te Papa. In this post, Acting Head of Mātauranga Māori Puawai Cairns writes… Read more »

Cliff Whiting: Visionary, innovator, tōhunga, teacher, scholar, master artist

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It is with enormous sadness that Te Papa acknowledges the passing of Cliff Whiting (6 May 1936–16 July 2017). His contribution to Te Papa and the arts in Aotearoa was immeasurable. An esteemed teacher and practitioner of Māori arts, Cliff was appointed Director Director Bicultural Relations for the Museum of New Zealand in 1993, and… Read more »

Meeting a man I will never know: Jonathan Mane-Wheoki

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Ruby Abraham, a Museum and Heritage Studies student at Victoria University, has spent the last 5 weeks on placement at Te Papa working intimately with the archive donated by Jonathan Mane-Wheoki (1943-2014). She explains how she’s got to know Jonathan (and the Ke Emu database) through processing and cataloguing his archive. When I began my placement at Te… Read more »

Putting the pieces back together after the earthquake

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On 14 Nov 2016 an earthquake registering 7.8 on the Richter scale shook Wellington awake. All-in-all Te Papa’s buildings and its collection were virtually unscathed. Out of over two million collection objects, only nine were damaged. One of the damaged objects was a plaster cast replica of an 18th century tauihu (canoe prow). Charlotte Jimenez,… Read more »

Collecting Challenging Histories – the ‘Manga Kahu’/‘Maunga Kahu’ (Black Power) T-shirt

T-shirt, ‘Maunga Kahu’, September 2009, Whanganui, New Zealand, by Denis O’Reilly (Black Power). Gift of Denis O’Reilly, 2017. Te Papa (ME024195)

Today is International Museum Day. Mātauranga Māori senior curator Puawai Cairns considers this year’s theme – ‘Museums and contested histories: Saying the unspeakable in museums’ – through the ‘Maunga Kahu’ protest T-shirt. When I acquire material for the museum’s collection, there is an image in my head that I constantly refer to, to help me… Read more »

Tamatea ‘Dusky Sound’ revisited

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Mātauranga Māori curator Dougal Austin offers an indigenous perspective on first contact between Māori and Cook’s men in Tamatea (Dusky Sound). In November 2016 I took part in a field trip to remote Tamatea, or Dusky Sound, in Fiordland. Together with natural history scientists including a designated photographer, our team spent 10 days in the sounds sailing… Read more »

Curating to heal: Ways of creating sovereign spaces in museums

Dominion Museum Education Service School Case. Black and white file print from negative MA_B.010164. Te Papa

Mātauranga Māori curator Matariki Williams discusses the role of curators healing past wrongs, something being addressed in our new exhibition about motherhood and Māori women. At Museums Australasia last year, a conference convened by the New Zealand and Australian museums associations, visiting Metis academic and artist David Garneau interrogated the etymology of the word ‘curate’. Garneau… Read more »

Commemorate, celebrate: Waitangi Day in Aotearoa

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That protests are “cringe-worthy” sells short what they truly reflect, says Mātauranga Māori curator Matariki Williams ahead of Waitangi Day. If some media personalities are to be believed, Waitangi Day is a day for New Zealanders to be embarrassed about. In the interest of wanting to end the cycle of that tired narrative, I’ll leave you to… Read more »