Posts tagged with Cook Islands

Tapa – stunning artworks in Paperskin exhibition

  • Conservator Rangi Warnes shows one of the magnets used to hold the tapa in place.
  • Demonstrating the power of the magnets.
  • Conservator Rangi Warnes shows one of the powerful magnets used to hold the tapa in place.
  • The 5 metre long tapa from Mangaia, in the Cook Islands is hung on the wall.

This Saturday 19 June Te Papa opens it’s new tapa exhibition – Paperskin: the art of tapa. You’ll be able to see a stunning range of more than 40 tapa artworks from throughout the Pacific. Huge awe inspiring masks from Papua New Guinea,  Hawaiian tapa more than two hundred years old, and an incredible 22 metre… Read more »

Dance costume Cook Islands style

For this week’s blog, I have selected this Cook Islands costume, for its beautiful arrangement, and striking colours. This striking 1920s pareu kiri’au (hula skirt) from Rarotonga in the Cook Islands, is made from long narrow strips of hibiscus bast fibre. Around the waistband, is blue cloth, with orange and yellow diamonds, which have been machine sewn onto… Read more »

Alistair Te Ariki Campbell, BA, DLitt, NZOM, 1925–2009

Alistair Te Ariki Campbell, Wellington based writer, 1979, courtesy of the New Zealand Herald Archive

Te Papa acknowledges the life and writing of poet, playwright, novelist, and memoirist Alistair Te Ariki Campbell. His work is noted for its attempts to reconcile the complexities and displacements he experienced as a result of his New Zealand/Cook Islands ancestry. Campbell was born in the Cook Islands and spent his first seven years there…. Read more »

Rawiri Paratene – advocate for whales

Rawiri Paratene is well known to New Zealand audiences – as an actor, student activist, and more recently as one of the stars of the movie Whale Rider. You can see Rawiri playing Koro in the film Whale Rider in this video clip on Te Ara: http://www.teara.govt.nz/EarthSeaAndSky/SeaLife/TeWhanauPuhaWhales/3/ENZ-Resources/Standard/4/en Following the success of Whale Rider, Rawiri has… Read more »