Posts categorized as Māori

M is for mystery: M initial in the waistband of Te Papa’s piupiu Māori

  • ME011995 piupiu (skirt). Yellow ‘M’ on outer waistband, on textile’s right. Te Papa
  • ME011995 piupiu (skirt). Yellow ‘M’ on outer waistband, on textile’s right. Te Papa
  • ME012427 piupiu (skirt). Yellow ‘M’ on outer proper left hand side (textile’s right) of waistband. Te Papa
  • ME012027 piupiu (skirt). Cream ‘M’ on outer proper right of centre (textile’s left) of waistband. Te Papa

My role at Te Papa is to identify feathers and hair in the ethnological collections, however on occasion I come across something interesting in my research including the following mystery.  While identifying the feathers in the museum’s Māori textiles collection, I counted eight piupiu (skirt or waist garment) with the letter ‘M’ sewn into the waistband.  It… Read more »

Uniformity: Making the Curatorial Cut

  • Jerry UGS
  • Graphic for Sir Jerry's uniform. Te Papa 2012.
  • Taiaha Kura http://collections.tepapa.govt.nz/objectdetails.aspx?oid=132774&term=taiaha+red
  • Photographer Michael Hall, Te Papa 2012.

 I’ve been asked a lot of questions about why some of the new acquisitions were pursued and why they were put into this show, so hopefully this entry will help answer some of the queries and shed light on the curatorial decisions made for Uniformity. In my last blog Uniformity: Why Uniforms Matter, I talked about… Read more »

Te Papa is coming to Gisborne!

The Gisborne Outreach Team

The Museum of New Zealand Te Papa Tongarewa is coming to Gisborne! The Education and Discovery Centre teams will be based at Tairawhiti Museum for a week of exciting art workshops and learning programmes. Schools in the Gisborne area are taking part in free hands-on workshops, exploring kākahu (cloaks), taonga (treasures) and their connection to the… Read more »

Unforgettable: Michael Parekowhai’s ‘On First Looking into Chapman’s Homer’

If you live in the Wellington region then I really hope you’ll come to Te Papa and visit Michael Parekowhai’s On First Looking into Chapman’s Homer, which is on show on Level 5 until 23 September 2012. Rather than describing my own experience of these works, I thought I’d share with you some of our visitors’… Read more »

A sense of touch

  • touch trolley
  • touch trolley
  • French whatu 2
  • French whatu 2

Written by Lucy Moore, Exhibition Supervisor One of the joys of being a Te Papa Host is when that ‘light bulb’ moment happens – when a visitor sees or experiences something profoundly new as a result of being in an exhibition.  We’ve had many of these moments in Kahu Ora in the last 2 months,… 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 »