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Celebrating Samoan Language Week

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 »

Wellingtonians – Save our Services with a Council Submission

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As you’ve now heard, Te Papa is calling on its Wellington ratepayers to support our services by making official council submissions. Wellington City Council has an interactive website where you can make official submissions online. Remember, when you’re filling in the Online Submission Form – Wellington City Council classes Te Papa as a Visitor Attraction… Read more »

William McAloon, 1969-2012

William McAloon with Colin McCahon’s 'Northland panels', 1958.

It is with great sadness that we share the news that our respected colleague and dear friend William McAloon passed away on Sunday 8 April. William has been Curator Historical New Zealand Art at Te Papa since 2005. A key member of the art team, William was a superb curator, with a fine eye and… Read more »

Memorial for Sir Paul Callaghan, 1947–2012

Sir Paul Callaghan. Photograph by Andrew Gorrie. Dominion Post

Sir Paul Callaghan 1947–2012 GNZM, FRS, FRSNZ Kua waipuketia te awa o Whanganui. Kua mahue pani te motu i te hinganga o tēnei tōtara haemata e te ringa kaha o aituā. Moe mai rā e te mata punenga. Nāu, nā te ihu atamai, nā te kanohi hōmiromiro te pūtaiao i āta rangahau kia mārama ai… Read more »

Fish team research expedition

Scientists and crew prepare the deployment a fish trap to be sent in the deep canyons off Otago Peninsula

Day 2: sampling off Otago Peninsula. Our survey onboard the MV Tranquil Image has started after a rough transit from Wellington to Dunedin. After a very successful day 1 deploying camera and traps in the shallow (50 and 100 m), today we have started exploring the deep canyons of the area some 25 nautical miles… Read more »