About the project The Pacific Collection Access Project (PCAP) is a three year project that will: improve knowledge and understanding of the Museum’s Pacific collection; improve the safety of the Pacific collection; and increase the public access and engagement, especially for Pacific source communities, with the Museum and its Pacific collection. The project is initially focussed on the collections of 13 island nations/groupings which will be worked on in alphabetical order over the next three years. They are: Cook Islands, Easter Island, Fiji, French Polynesia, Hawai’i, Kiribati, Niue, Pitcairn Island, Sāmoa, Tokelau, Tonga, Tuvalu, Wallis and Futuna. Items such as tools, ornaments, musical instruments and carvings will be bought out of storage to be examined, cleaned, measured, photographed and re-housed into safe and accessible storage. Improving information about each item in our Museum’s records is crucial, and where possible priority will be given to languages, dialects and specific cultural knowledge for each island nation through the inclusion of appropriate names and terminologies. The project is an endeavour of partnership and discovery where the Museum and Pacific communities will work together to: enrich information about Auckland Museums Pacific collection; build a collecting strategy; share and exchange knowledge and programming about individual works, and the cultures they came from. Out of this exchange knowledge and stories long hidden will be uncovered and perhaps connections renewed. Unique project name for each island nation As the team start to work on items from each Pacific nation, the first step in the community engagement process will be to find leaders from Auckland based Pacific communities who can suggest an appropriate project name using their own Pacific language and terminology. This will give each component of the project its own unique identity. Timeframe Over the next three years over 5000 items from 13 island nations/groupings will be worked on, and are currently scheduled in the order below: Cook Islands May – early September 2016 Easter Island September 2016 Fiji September 2016 – July 2017 French Polynesia July 2017 – September 2017 Hawai’i September – October 2017 Kiribati October 2017 – June 2018 Niue June – August 2018 Pitcairn Island August 2018 Sāmoa August – November 2018 Tokelau November – December 2018 Tonga December 2018 – March 2019 Tuvalu March – April 2019 Wallis and Futuna April 2019 If you have connections with one or more of the island nations/groupings and would like to contribute to the project, see how you can get invovled.