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The Pacific Collection Access Project (PCAP) was a three year project that:
The project was focussed on the collections of 13 island nations/groupings which were worked on in alphabetical order over three years. They were: 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 were brought 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 was crucial, and where possible priority was given to languages, dialects and specific cultural knowledge for each island nation through the inclusion of appropriate names and terminologies.
The project was an endeavour of partnership and discovery where the Museum and Pacific communities worked together to:
Out of this exchange knowledge and stories long hidden will be uncovered and perhaps connections renewed.
As the team start to work on items from each Pacific nation, the first step in the community engagement process was to find leaders from Auckland based Pacific communities who could suggest an appropriate project name using their own Pacific language and terminology. This gave each component of the project its own unique identity.
Over three years over 5000 items from 13 island nations/groupings were worked on, in the order below:
May – Oct 2016
Oct 2016 – Oct 2017
Nov 2017 – early Feb 2017
March – Aug 2018
Sept - Oct 2018
Nov – Dec 2018
Jan – April 2019
April 2018 – June 2019
Wallis and Futuna