Posts tagged with music

Uike Lea Faka-Tonga – Tongan Language Week 2013

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Theme: Fakakoloa ‘o Aotearoa ‘aki ‘etau lea mo e hiva faka-Tonga. Enriching Aotearoa with our language and Tongan music. In this final blogpost for Tongan language week we have another guest contribution from the Tongan community. It is written by Kolokesa Mahina-Tuai  who was a former Pacific Cultures curator at Te Papa (2004-2008). She is… Read more »

Tongan Language Week 2013: Grooving to Tongan and Reggae Royalty

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Te Papa’s Pacific Cultures staff have been blogging daily to mark Tongan Language Week.  The theme for this year is Fakakoloa ‘o Aotearoa ‘aki ‘etau Hiva Fakatonga – Enriching Aotearoa with Tongan Music. However, today’s blogpost is from a guest writer, Suliana Grace Vea from Wellington. Malō e lelei! Ko hoku hingoa ko Suliana Grace Vea. Koe hoku… Read more »

Tongan Language Week 2013 – Tongan Pride

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Te Papa’s Pacific Cultures staff are blogging daily to mark the annual Tongan Language Week.  The theme for this year is Fakakoloa ‘o Aotearoa ‘aki ‘etau Hiva Fakatonga – Enriching Aotearoa with Tongan Music. Today’s blog by Rachel Yates (Pacific Cultures curator), is inspired by Australian Tongan sisters’ Vika and Linda Bull’s “Grandpa’s song”. Vika and… Read more »

Tongan Language Week 2013 – Enriching Aotearoa with Tongan Music

This week is the annual Tongan Language Week in New Zealand (1 – 8 September).  The theme for this year is Fakakoloa ‘o Aotearoa ‘aki ‘etau Hiva Fakatonga – Enriching Aotearoa with Tongan Music. As part of this weeks celebrations, Te Papa’s Pacific Cultures curators (and a guest writer or two) will be blogging about artefacts… Read more »

Cook Islands drums – old and new (Cook Islands Language Week 2013)

In this fourth blogpost of Te Epetoma o te Reo Māori Kuki Airani - Cook Islands Māori Language week, we look at two drums from the Cook Islands acquired by the museum at the beginning and end of the twentieth century. The first  is a pa’u mango (small skin drum) from the Cook Islands. In the nineteenth century, pa’u mango were… Read more »

Riki Gooch and the sounds of tapa

Riki Gooch, musician and producer, in the Paperskin exhibition

Music and museum exhibitions haven’t always gone together – all part of the old idea that a museum should be a solemn and silent place. Today, sound compositions in exhibitions are being used as part of the visitor experience. They offer a different way to approach the things on display – one in which the music speaks… Read more »

When You’re Two

Ukuleles in PlaNet Pasifika Photo by Anna Sheffield © Te Papa 2010

The earliest memory I have of my youth takes me back to approximately age three. I was finishing the weekly “playgroup” session with a few neighbours my age which had been held at my house that time. My mother was getting ready to drive the other kids home when my dad returned from work. I… Read more »

Finding our voices

  • Warren Warbrick shaping a pukaea. Copyright Florence Liger
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  • Brian Flintoff working with us on our taonga puoro. Copyright Florence Liger
  • Horomona Horo. Copyright Florence Liger

Earlier this week Hongoeka marae in Plimmerton was filled with the sounds of taonga pūoro (Maori musical instruments) – accompanied by the buzzing of  sanders and the call of tuis flitting among the flaxes. I was one of twenty Te Papa staff who took part in a three day wānanga on taonga pūoro, tutored by… Read more »