Posts tagged with kapa haka

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 »

Winter weather can’t keep kaumātua away!

Te Hokowhitu a Tu perform at Te Papa in 2008. © Te Papa, 2008

Flooding and storms aren’t enough to stop pakeke (elders) from the East Coast from making their way down to Wellington to perform at Kaumātua Kapa Haka at Te Papa this weekend.   Senior Maori performing artists from Te Hokowhitu a Tu have had to leave earlier than planned to dodge road restrictions in the region…. Read more »

Kaumātua Kapa Haka at Te Papa goes global, 11 & 12 July

Kuia from South Taranaki performing the poi at Te Papa (2008). © Te Papa.

The final weekend of the 2009 Matariki Festival at Te Papa is by no means the least with the return of the popular Kaumātua Kapa Haka, proudly supported by TelstraClear and NZ Post. These senior performing artists performed at last year’s Matariki Festival and this year they are going global! Can’t make it to Te… Read more »