Posts tagged with Pacific

Connecting with cultural treasures: Visitors to the Pacific Cultures Collections

pacific sisters

Rachel Yates (Curator Pacific Cultures) writes: The Pacific Cultures Collection storeroom has been very busy with guests of all ages from all over the world.  In the last six months, it has been great to see visitors and the Pacific community connect with objects that have been acquired from Pacific people and the Pacific region. School Tours… Read more »

Canoe carvings of West Solomon Islands

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Grace Hutton (Collection Manager Pacific Cultures) introduces us to Nguzunguzu, the guardians of war canoes from the Solomon Islands.  With Kesoko (a water spirit) putting travelling crew members at risk, Nguzunguzu were secured to the prow of every departing war canoe to ensure their safe passage. In the 1800s, on the islands of Choiseul, Santa Isabel,… Read more »

All Power to the Fro!

Rachel Fiji Buiniga

(Post by Rachel Yates, Curator Pacific Cultures). While studying history in high school I loved the look of Angela Davis, American activist and feminist.  A key part of this look was her afro!  I came to admire the afro again this year, this time from the Fijian buiniga. Over the last four months I have… Read more »

Samoan language scholar and cultural advisor retires: Galumalemana Alfred Hunkin

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The Pacific Cultures team at Te Papa would like to acknowledge the retirement of Galumalemana Alfred Hunkin from his role as head of Samoan Studies at Victoria University of Wellington. Galumalemana founded the Samoan Studies Department and has published books and articles on the Samoan language. Galumalemana has been a key advisor for Te Papa… Read more »

Four rare photographs of Olohega: Tokelau language week 2013

  • Olohega Jennings family
  • Olohega copra cutting
  • Olohega copra
  • Olohega church

It’s the last day of Tokelau language week 2013. Te Papa staff are blogging daily with stories related to Tokelau and its treasures from Te Papa’s collections. Today, we will finish the week with four rare photographs from Olohega, the most eastern atoll of Tokelau. The photographs were taken in 1886 by New Zealand photographer Thomas… Read more »

From Tokelau to New Zealand: Tokelau language week 2013

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Group of young men and women from the Tokelau Islands who came to live in Wellington. From left to right: Lele Tanu, Suisana Lemisio (nee Perez), Eneliko Tovio, Hinalagi Maka, Ianeta Baker (nee Tinielu), Lui Tufala, Kailua Teilo, Filika Tato (nee Lomano), Akileo Manuele and Savelio Lomano. Photograph taken circa 26 May 1964 by an unidentified Evening Post staff photographer.

This week is Tokelau language week. The theme for this year’s celebration is: “Ko te au o mātua, ko fānau: At the core of a parents heart, are their children.” With the younger generation in mind, Te Papa staff are blogging daily with stories related to Tokelau and its treasures from Te Papa’s collections. In this blogpost… Read more »

Weaving connections: Tokelau language week 2013

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This week is Tokelau language week. The theme for this year’s celebration is: “Ko te au o mātua, ko fānau: At the core of a parents heart, are their children.” With the younger generation in mind, Te Papa staff are blogging daily with stories related to Tokelau and its treasures from Te Papa’s collections. This kie tau… Read more »

Science Live: Whalebirds – the mystery of the storm riders. Part 6. A bird’s-eye view

Euphausiid Nyctiphanes australis), the favourite prey of Fairy Prions from the Poor Knights and Cook Strait

Here is the sixth instalment in our series of blogs all about prions!  This is in preparation for our upcoming Science Live event on Oct 22nd at 1:50 pm NZ time when you can accompany us into the lab via live streaming  (a permanent link to the YouTube video can be found below).  For more details… Read more »

The Ultimate Niuean Warrior! : Niuean language week 2013

  • maka (throwing stone)
  • katoua (detail of handle)
  • kafa (detail) strands approx 2mm
  • Niue Warrior Savage island (Niue) Henry Winkelmann- photographer

You may have heard of the television shows Ninja Warrior and maybe even American Ninja Warrior, but what about Ultimate Niuean warrior?  Sorry, we don’t have a Youtube clip for you, but we do have some examples of the gear and weapons worn by the old school toa (warriors) – the ultimate warriors of Niue… Read more »