The movie Star Wars: The Force Awakens opened in New Zealand on 17 December. But did you know the franchise has a connection to the warriors of 19th century Fiji? Fijian weapons had a small role in the imaginings for one of the most successful science fiction films of allRead more

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This is the third blog in our series about the real people behind the eight Weta Workshop-crafted models featured in Gallipoli: The scale of our war. The previous two blogs have been about Spencer Westmacott and Percival Fenwick. This one focuses on Colin ‘Col’ Warden, shown in this pre-war photograph,Read more

This is our last blogpost for Fiji Language Week 2014 where the theme has been ‘Noqu vosa, noqu iyau talei’ – My language, my treasure’. I thought I’d share a few examples where language actually appears on one of Fiji’s treasures. Tabua (pronounced  tambua – b=mb) are pierced and braidedRead more

(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 theRead more

This is the last blog post for the inaugural Fiji language week with the theme Noqu Vosa, Noqu iYau Talei: My Language, My Treasure. As we have seen this week, Fiji’s history, people, cultures and natural world are represented in Te Papa in so many ways. Fiji stories are found inRead more

This week is the first-ever Fiji language week with the theme Noqu Vosa, Noqu iYau Talei: My Language, My Treasure. The Pacific Cultures curators have been blogging daily with Fiji related stories from the collections and exhibitions at Te Papa. Today’s second to last blogpost is from Rachel Yates (Curator PacificRead more

This latest blogpost for Fiji language week is from Rachel Yates (Curator Pacific Cultures).The theme for this week’s inaugural Fijian language week is, Noqu Vosa, Noqu iYau Talei: My Language, My Treasure. Thinking of treasures, this blog looks at a New Zealand treasure and its special relationship with Fiji, one that youRead more

The first-ever Fiji language week begins today with the theme Noqu Vosa, Noqu iYau Talei: My Language, My Treasure. The Pacific Cultures curators will be blogging daily with Fiji related stories from the collections and exhibitions at Te Papa. This is a tabua, a type of Fijian cultural valuable, madeRead more

An abundance of tree ferns is one of the botanical characteristics that New Zealand shares with many of the larger Pacific Islands. The number of different species is not especially high, but tree fern individuals feature prominently in many Pacific and New Zealand landscapes. Following my work in Fiji, I’veRead more

In my previous post about the Fiji collections, I included a few images of Fijian weapons from Te Papa’s collections. In this blog post I thought I’d take the Fiji weapon story a bit further and into popular culture. Here, I just want to highlight the small contribution Fiji weapons offered toRead more