Posts categorized as Pacific

On the weekend, 33 tattooists from around the world took part in Indigenous Ink 2015 – a tattooing festival held in Auckland at MIT Manukau. Te Papa was there at the invitation of organiser Terry Koloamatangi Klavenes. I had a small role hosting presentations and conversations among the tattooists and their supporters. It was a privilege… Read more »

Tattooing is thousands of years of years old, and is a most visible part of New Zealand’s contemporary visual culture. It is a key expression of Maori identity and among Pacific Islands communities it is an important signifier of our cultural diversity – what connects us and what makes us different. This weekend (21-22 Nov) 33 tattoo… Read more »

Tokelau Language Week Five Minute Quiz 2015

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Malo Ni! This week is Vaiaho o te Gagana Tokelau (Tokelau Language Week) and the theme this year is Tōto hau tōkiga nei, aua na tupulaga e fāi mai: Plant a seed today, for the future generation. Our work in the Pacific Cultures team is driven by similar aspirations to develop and protect our Tokelauan… Read more »

Solomon Islands’ Expedition: the ferns

The frond underside of the weedy Pityrogramma calomelanos fern is coated in white powder. It can be knocked off to make fern patterns. Photos Leon Perrie. © Te Papa.

During the recent expedition to central Guadalcanal in the Solomon Islands, my job was to document the ferns and lycophytes. This was at the invitation of Marika Tuiwawa (University of South Pacific) who led the expedition’s plant team. It built on my previous experience working with ferns in Fiji, New Caledonia, Australia, and New Zealand. (As… Read more »

Solomon Islands’ Expedition: the camp

Part of the main sleeping area at Valevahalo. “Beverley Hills” is on the ridge in the background, and the kitchen down the other side of that ridge. Photo Leon Perrie. (c) Te Papa.

Valevahalo was the main camp for our recent Solomon Islands’ expedition. Sited at about 800 m above sea level, it is deep in the jungle of the northern foothills of Guadalcanal’s Mount Popomanaseu. I was there for eight nights, with two additional nights at a satellite camp at the nearby Haviha River. For background on the expedition,… Read more »

Niue Language Week Five Minute Quiz 2015

Pulou (hat), 1990s, Auckland, by Moka Poi. Purchased 1999 with New Zealand Lottery Grants Board funds. Te Papa (FE011299)

Fakaalofa lahi atu! This week is Niuean Langauge week and the theme is, “Tau tagata Niue, tau magafaoa Niue, fakaaoga e vagahau Niue – Niue people, Niue families, use vagahau Niue”. As a team we aim to use vagahau Niue in relation to our collection of Niuean artefacts. Te Papa’s Pacific Cultures collections have around 290… Read more »

Fiji language week (five minute quiz) 2015


Ni sa bula! This past week has been Fiji Language Week, with the theme “Noqu vosa, noqu iyau talei – My language, my treasure”. To mark the occasion the Pacific Cultures team have put together a short quiz featuring items from the museum’s collections. Have a go…

Fakatalofa atu, this past week has been Tuvalu Language Week,running until Sunday 4 October. The theme this year is Tau Gana Ko Tou Iloga: language is your identity. Test yourself with this short illustrated quiz, see what you know and learn more about Tuvalu and its people.

Celebrating Pasifika @ StoryPlace

Celebrating Pasifika, Photograph: Michael Hall, © Te Papa

Mālō e lelei! (Hello) We are having a great time up in PlaNet Pasifika Discovery Centre with our current StoryPlace programme, Celebrating Pasifika. This programme has been specifically developed to align with Pacific Language Week activities, and we have been so fortunate to work with members of both our regional ECE and Pasifika communities to shape the content. We have had a lot… Read more »