2011 Māori and Pacific Textile Symposium The beating of aute, or tapa, is a heartbeat that resounds across the ocean of Kiwa. The harakeke of Aotearoa, symbolising family, acknowledges the relationship of the Pacific people as one, through weaving. These genealogical and material connections will be explored at the inaugural
Since 2009, Roger Rasmussen, alongside his role as a Te Papa host, has vounteered to re-house, measure and photograph a collection of to’i ma’a (stone adze) from Samoa which were gifted to the museum by Rhys Richards in 1991. Because of Roger’s important work, the images of the collection are now available for viewing on
This striking work Look Within 2 (2007) by Papua New Guinea artist Daniel Waswas is the latest addition to Te Papa’s collection of contemporary Pacific artworks. It depicts four images of the same person, conveying a message of self reflection and addressing the idea of identity from within one’s own
There were whoops of delight here on the Wellington waterfront as our landmark art collections publication Art at Te Papa was nominated in the illustrated non-fiction category of the 2010 New Zealand Post Book Awards. Winners will be announced at an awards ceremony in Auckland on Friday 27 August 2010.
I am helping to organise the 2009 John Child Bryophyte Workshop. Bryophytes comprise mosses, liverworts, and hornworts. The Workshop also covers lichens, and it provides a great opportunity to learn more about these fascinating plants. Novices are welcome, with guidance provided for beginners. The workshop will be based at Pukeora Estate,
Field-work is one of the best aspects of working as a Natural Environment curator at Te Papa. I get to spend about three weeks a year in the field collecting plant specimens. I’ve recently returned from ten days field-work in the South Island, collecting samples for our research on lancewood