Join our specialist teams of curators and collections experts and get hands-on with taonga in our new textile and fibre knowledge exchange centre, Te Aho Mutunga Kore

SUN 21 JUL, 9:30AM, 12PM & 2.30PM

In 2023, Auckland Museum launched Te Aho Mutunga Kore, our new textile and fibre knowledge exchange centre. Beginning with a series of projects with practitioners and knowledge-holders from the Māori and Pacific communities, the centre aims to generate knowledge through engagement with fibre and textile treasures for current and future generations.

Join members of our specialist teams of curators and collection experts for this rare opportunity to go behind the scenes where there is no glass and no barriers between you and the taonga (treasures) in your Museum. Get hands-on with collections from across the world, including Māori, Pacific, Asian, European and more. Join the talanoa (conversation), hear what we have learned so far and share in the journey as this mahi (work) progresses.

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About Te Aho Mutunga Kore

About Te Aho Mutunga Kore

Te Aho Mutunga Kore translates literally to the eternal thread. This sentiment is befitting of this important kaupapa (cause), as it becomes a permanent centre at Tāmaki Paenga Hira Auckland War Memorial Museum. The centre nurtures creativity, knowledge sharing and knowledge creation by decentering the Museum and handing agency back to the communities whose taonga makes up the collection.

Te Aho Mutunga Kore ensures sustained engagement with textile and fibre collections held by the Museum, to strengthen the aho (ties) between community and their material culture heritage, creating a safe pathway for taonga tuku iho (knowledge transmission).

"Kotahi te kōhao o te ngira e kuhuna ai te miro mā, te miro pango, te miro whero"

-Tāwhio, Tūkaroto Matutaera Pōtatau Te Wherewhero

Through the eye of the needle pass the white threads, the black threads and the red threads.​​ Looking to the past as you progress, hold firmly to your love, law and your faith.

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