Posts categorized as Māori

Traces of Pukehinahina / The Battle of Gate Pā in Te Papa – The New Zealand Wars

1992-0035-1631/9B
Watercolour
W.F. Gordon. 1869
Purchased 1916

“The Battle of Gate Pa was arguably the most important battle of the New Zealand Wars, in terms of both its political effects and its wider implications for military technology. Historians have failed to appreciate its full significance because the contemporary British interpretations, on which they rely, were dominated by the shock of defeat and… Read more »

Kahu Ngore

Ngore (cloak), mid 19th century, New Zealand. Maker unknown. Purchased 2012. Te Papa

                          One of the core roles of Te Papa is to continue to acquire taonga that enhance and add-value to its existing collections. And with more than 30,000 individual items in the Matauranga Māori collections, Te Papa’s collections are considerable. And even though… Read more »

Save Kiwi Week

Te Papa researcher Sarah Jamieson with an adult female North Island brown kiwi. Photo credit: Kyle Morrison.

This week is Save Kiwi week. Te Papa researchers have a long history of studying kiwi. Our kiwi researchers include: Sarah Jamieson, who previously worked at Massey University studying the breeding ecology and habitat preferences of North Island brown kiwi. Alan Tennyson, who led the formal description of a new kiwi species – rowi/Okarito brown kiwi (Apteryx… Read more »

NSTP, Yeah you know me

TitiroWhakamua

Yet in all honesty you probably don’t. You might also be a bit unsure of what NSTP is. In fact if you’re not one of my 5 friends and 8 family members that I have specifically sent this blog link to, you may not even be reading this anymore. Good, now that I’ve separated the… Read more »

Eruini Te Tupe-o-Tū

Tauru Matioro Te Tupe-o-Tu, circa 1860s, Wellington. Richards, E S. Te Papa

Eruini Te Tupe-o-Tū Studio portrait by Edward Smallwood Richards of Wellington     E. S. Richards’s studio portrait of the Māori chief Eruini Te Tupe presents Eruini posed seated facing front-on to the camera arrested in time, comfortably dressed in European clothing with a kaitaka cloak arranged across his upper torso, probably by Richards. The… Read more »

A recent acquisition to mark the end of this year’s Matariki celebrations

  • Kikopiri
  • Snowden 1
  • Snowden 2
  • Maori women from Otaki

“Matariki Ahunga Nui – Matariki is a provider of abundant resources” This recent acquisition (purchased June 2013) is a tukutuku tūrapa, or panel named ‘Matariki’. It was woven to acknowledge the Maori New Year by master weaver Sonia Snowden (Ngāti Wai, Ngāti Hine, Ngāti Whātua, Ngā Puhi). It is made of kiekie, pīngao , woven in a lattice form… Read more »

Kura Pounamu: He aha ō rātou whakāro?

1) Hei matau (hook shaped pendant), 1700-1850, New Zealand. Maker unknown. Purchased 1936. Te Papa. 2) Mere pounamu (nephrite weapon); 1800-1900, New Zealand. Maker unknown. Gift of the Right Honourable the Lady Rowley, 1980. Te Papa. 3) Chinese dragon boat, West Lake, Hangzhou. Copyright D Austin.

What do they think of it? Kura Pounamu exhibition tours China Kura Pounamu, the largest exhibition of taonga pounamu or ‘Māori jade treasures’ ever shown at Te Papa, was displayed from September 2009 to July 2011. As curator for the exhibition a favourite past time of mine was to sit to one side and quietly… Read more »

‘It was twenty years ago today, that Sergeant Pepper taught the band to play’……. Time has a funny way of sneaking up on us, and I felt this recently when I was invited by The Auckland Maritime Museum to talk about the series of photos I took 10 years ago, Kupe Sites, for Te Papas… Read more »

Watery eyes

Lately I’ve spent a lot of time researching the soldiers that were part of  WW1’s 1st Māori Contingent. In a letter sent back home, Lieutenant Henare Kohere who was in the 2nd Māori Contingent, spoke about arriving in Egypt and being welcomed by the remainder of the first. When we neared the camp we could… Read more »

Free Work

I don’t actually work here. Well, I am doing work here, but for free. I’m currently half-way through a PGDip in Museum and Heritage Studies and as part of that, I get to do a placement. Just like how teachers do placements at schools, I’m doing one at a museum. And instead of working with… Read more »