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Tai Tamariki Kindergarten childrens’ kakahu on display

Maia Waldegrave aged 4 from Tai Tamariki with her korowai. Courtesy of Tai Tamariki Kindergarten.

Tai Tamariki Kindergarten opened in Te Papa in early February 2010. It’s a unique and wonderful thing for a kindergarten to be located within a museum like Te Papa. The children and staff at Tai Tamariki are frequent visitors to the museum exhibitions, making use of all the learning opportunities and inspiration the museum provides. Kahu Ora… Read more »

Kahu Ora: Living Cloaks is open

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The scholarship, creativity, professionalism, enthusiasm, commitment and sheer hard work of the Kahu Ora: Living Cloaks team came to fruition today in the VISA gallery, and tomorrow will be on view to the public. It’s a very beautiful exhibition, and visitors will love to be transported into Te Whare Pora – the House of Weaving…. Read more »

Nöfoaga seu lupe (pigeon netting stool) from Samoa

Nofoaga seu lupe (pigeon netting stool)

To celebrate le vaiaso o le gagana Sämoa (Sämoan language week) the Pacific Cultures curators are highlighting stories related to cultural treasures from Samoa. The third collection item for this week is a nöfoaga seu lupe (pigeon netting stool) that was used in the 1800s for the sport of pigeon hunting. The nöfoaga was used… Read more »

Celebrating Samoan Language Week 2012

This type of necklace is called an 'ulafala. It is most often worn by Samoan tulafale (orator chiefs). In the context of oratory performances, 'ulafala are important markers of social status. In other social and ceremonial situations they can help identify a special guest or simply act as an attractive adornment. 'Ulafala are made from segments of the pandanus fruit described by botantists as carpels, phalanges, or keys. The colour of the fruit spans a range from yellow through to orange and red when ripe. Red is a colour associated with high rank. This 'ulafala has been painted bright red, making it difficult to miss at any ceremony or function.

Sunday 27 May to Saturday 2 June 2012. Over the next week the Pacific Cultures team will be blogging about collection items from  Sämoa that relate to the theme of this years  Sämoan Language week  “O le Vāfealoa’i” “Strong and Respectful Relationships”. According to the Human Rights Commission website “Samoan Language Week was first promoted by Radio… Read more »