Posts tagged with taonga puoro

The art of sounding the pūtātara shell trumpet

  • Richard Nunns talks to Te Papa's taonga pūoro group, March 2010.
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  • Richard Nunns with a pūtātara

The staff in Te Papa’s taonga pūoro group are very lucky to have Richard Nunns as our mentor. Through his teaching and encouragement we continue to explore the kaupapa of taonga pūoro. Richard is an incredibly busy man, travelling throughout New Zealand and often overseas, involved in many different projects.  If he has a spare hour and he’s in… Read more »

Taonga pūoro – recording the moment

  • Brian Flintoff carving a nguru
  • Warren Warbrick, Brian Flintoff and Jo Pleydell working on a pukaea. Copyright Te Papa
  • Norman Heke working on his pukaea - and taking a break from being the photographer. Copyright Te Papa
  • Hau Manu members Warren Warbrick, James Website, Brian Flintoff, Richard Nunns, Alistair Fraser and Horomona Horo in front of Te Heke-Mai-Raro

One of Te Papa’s photographers Norman Heke is usually behind the camera. He’s been at many hui and wānanga, studiously taking photos to put together a wonderful photographic record of these events. This time Norm was able to take part in the taonga pūoro wānanga and learned how to make and play a pūkāea. A mystery photographer captured… 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 »

Unique pūtōrino

  • Richard Nunns playing a whale rib putorino
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  Richard Nunns playing his unique whale rib pūtōrino on Te Papa’s marae. Richard Nunns, expert in ngā taonga pūoro (Māori musical instruments), has a very unusual pūtōrino, or flute, made from the rib of a right whale. With its long, curving shape and carved references to the tail flukes and blow hole of a… Read more »

Nguru – flutes from sperm whale teeth

When a sperm whale strands it’s a major event. For Māori it is sometimes seen as a tohu, or sign of something significant. Strandings are always sad, but they can provide rare opportunities for iwi to obtain the jaw bones and the beautifully curved sperm whale teeth. A traditional use for these valuable materials is carving the bone or teeth to make taonga… Read more »

Whale music

The long, curved cry of whale song filled Te Papa’s marae in January this year. Richard Nunns, an authority on ngā taonga pūoro (Māori musical instruments), with the New Zealand String Quartet, was here to play a work by New Zealand composer Gillian Whitehead.  Richard Nunns, taonga püoro expert Puhake ki te rangi, translates as ‘spouting… Read more »