World AIDS Day

World AIDS Day

Today is World AIDS Day. It’s an opportunity for people worldwide to unite in the fight against HIV and AIDs, show their support for people living with HIV, and to commemorate people who have died.

New Zealand AIDS Memorial Quilt
New Zealand AIDS Memorial Quilt, 1990-1994. Gift of The New Zealand AIDS Memorial Quilt, 2011. See here for the names on each panel. (Te Papa, GH017447)

Te Papa holds the New Zealand AIDS Memorial Quilt which is made up of 16 large blocks of usually 8 panels each. Each panel represents a person who died of AIDS, and was made by family members, partners and/or friends.

New Zealand AIDS Memorial Quilt
New Zealand AIDS Memorial Quilt, 1990-1991. Gift of The New Zealand AIDS Memorial Quilt, 2011. See here for the names on each panel. (Te Papa, GH017456)

The aim of the Quilt is to raise awareness and enable loved ones to express feelings of love, loss and regret in a permanent and tangible way.

World AIDS Day reminds everyone that HIV has not gone away – there is still a vital need to increase awareness, fight prejudice and improve education.

AIDS poster
Poster, 2000s, New Zealand AIDS Foundation. Gift of New Zealand AIDS Foundation, 2015. (Te Papa, GH024591)

You can see safe sex condoms on display in Contraception: Uncovering the collection of Dame Margaret Sparrow in the Ilott Room on level 4 of Te Papa. You can also hear Dame Margaret talk about the advent and impact of HIV / AIDS in the 1980s.

Many visitors have given advice in the exhibition to use condoms and be safe. My favourite is ‘Be Wise, Condomise’.

Visitors comments in Te Papa's Contraception exhibition
Visitors comments in the exhibition (photograph by Kate Whitley, Te Papa, MA_I362306)


1 Comment

  1. Thanks for the acknowledgement of World Aids Day.

    I wonder why the names of the persons that the 2 quilts are dedicated to are not mentioned here? Their names are included on each quilt.

    Surely their names have to be part of the credit line also?


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