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  • Hey, hei tiki

    Although instantly recognisable even to non-Māori, popular knowledge barely scratches the surface of the deep significance of hei tiki. Tāmaki Herenga Waka: Stories of Auckland Project Curator Tharron Bloomfield shines a light on just some of the hei tiki in the Museum's collection.

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  • Te Awe and the Taumata Māreikura

    Tuesday 16 June 2020

    Read about the experience of Kahutoi Te Kanawa being part of the Taumata Māreikura in the Te Awe Project

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  • Trade Beads and Nails

    Wednesday, 19 February 2020

    An examination of the surprising and illuminating tools of trade and exchange highlighted in the Voyage to Aotearoa: Tupaia and the Endeavour exhibition.

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  • Untangling the threads

    Wednesday, 21 March 2018

    Over the next two years, we’ll be working with some of Aotearoa’s most accomplished weavers to enrich the taonga Māori collection as part of our Te Awe project. In this blog, our Associate Curator Māori, Bethany Edmunds explains the kaupapa of the Te Awe project to improve our understanding, care and access of these treasured objects and more.

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  • A Personal Story of Sandi Ringham, descendant of Ngāti Kuri, and her whānau

    Wednesday, 7 June 2017

    Sandi Ringham of Ngāti Kuri tells of her experience in taking part in the wānanga to Te Hiku o te Ika and why it was so significant for her and her whānau.

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  • Journey to Te Hiku o te Ika

    By Edwina Merito
    Fri, 16 Dec 2016

    A special wananga was organised for a group of researchers and curators from Auckland Museum, NIWA, Landcare Research and Canterbury Museum to visit with Ngāti Kuri to set priorities for a mutually beneficial relationship and help guide research in the area.

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  • On ownership and returning

    By Shanti Mathias
    Wed, 23 Mar 2016

    Urbanlife participant Shanti Mathias shares her insights and perspective on the ownership and accessibility of taonga.

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  • How to play tītītōrea

    by Mattie Hamuera
    Mon, 27 Jul 2015

    For Te Wiki o Te Reo Māori, we've pulled out Ngā Tākaro (traditional Māori games). Stick games such as tītītorea (short sticks) are a fun way to practice waiata and instructions in Te Reo.

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  • Caring for a collection: everyday objects from Te Awe

    by Awhina Rawiri-Erick and Jenna Dudley
    Wed, 20 May 2015

    Te Awe is a project work space on the ground floor of the Museum just around the corner from our He Taonga Māori gallery. Through the glass doors, you can watch as staff work to care for the collections through conservation, documentation, photography and digitisation.

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  • Caring for a collection: The Te Awe team

    by Awhina Rawiri-Erick
    Mon 24 Nov 2014

    Nau mai, piki mai, welcome to Te Awe. We are just over a year into this special three-year project, and have worked with over 3,000 taonga (treasures) to date from the Māori collection store. Awhina Rawiri-Erick introduces our specialist team and describes some of the processes in caring for taonga.

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