Sunday 12th July – Saturday 18th July 2020

 

Mauri! This week is Kiribati Language Week and to celebrate we will share Kiribati items from our collections, light up the museum walls with national colours of blue, red, yellow, white and share a video of knowledge holders visiting our Kiribati collection at the Museum, as well as a Zoom panel discussion. 

Charles Enoka Kiata, MNZM

Charles Enoka Kiata, MNZM

Ko na mauri! Te inga ma te kukurei n anoiko ba tina itamaomao ni bukamarua rungaean ara bong ae moan te kakawaki ni katonua Wiikin te Taetae ni Kiribati iaon Aotearoa, Nutiran.

Te bong aei ea kaman namataki taekana ma rongorongona irouia te baronga n aomata ao man kabaekekeaki iroun te Tautaeka n Nutiran ba ena ongo meang, maiaki, maeo ma mainuku, ao te aonnaba ae banin. 

Tamaki Paera Hira Auckland War Memorial Museum bon aia bangota ara bakatibu n Tungaru ike a kawakinaki iai te rabakau ma te rongorongo ni Kiribati ibukira ma natira ao tibura ngkai ao ibukin taai aika ana roko.

Tekeraoi ni Wiikin te Taetae ni Kiribati 2020. 
Ara bau te Mauri te Raoi ao te Tabomoa! 

Charles Enoka Kiata, MNZM
Auckland, New Zealand

Kiribati knowledge holders visit Auckland Museum

We were fortunate to be joined by esteemed members of the Kiribati community in New Zealand, who came to Auckland Museum to discuss some of the Kiribati collection items, and share their knowledge about them. 

In this video, Auckland Musuem's Ma'ara Maeva was joined by Dr. Matikora Itonga Marea, Mr. Baitika Toum, Charles Enoka Kiata and Dr. Janet O’Connor.

Kiribati treasures: Te Kun and Taona n riri

Tāmaki Paenga Hira Auckland War Memorial Museum held an online talanoa session through Zoom video conference on Monday, 13th July 2020. This is entitled "Kiribati treasures: Te Kun and taona n riri" and it highlights a migratory bird and a dance costume from the Natural history and Pacific collection of Auckland Museum. This talanoa session was part of the celebration of Kiribati Language Week 2020.

We were joined by Nei Kaetaeta Watson, Nei Louisa Humphry, Dr Janet O’Connor and Charles Enoka. Background information about treasures were shared by Rebecca Bray and Fuli Pereira. The panelists and participants engaged in an inspiring discussion that included exploring the migratory habits of Te Kun as well as the cultural and customary use of the taona n riri and its role in the identity of Kiribati dance worldwide. Our heartfelt gratitude to our panelists for sharing their knowledge and expertise with us all.

Kiribati objects from our collection

These items from our collection offer a glimpse into the Kiribati way of life, an introduction to the island's people, customs and a detailed exploration of precious and daily objects.

Te Kun

Te Kun

The Te Kun or Pacific golden plover is a truly amazing Pacific wanderer. These small shorebirds breed on the summer Arctic tundra of Alaska and Siberia which has an abundance of insect food and few predators to pose a risk to their nests.

However, as the weather grows colder in August and September the birds migrate southwards into the Pacific, to the islands of Kiribati, Oceania and even as far south as New Zealand. Here they feed on the shoreline of lagoons and estuaries on a broad diet of worms, crabs, insects, spiders and plant seeds and berries.

In March and April, the birds travel northwest to Japan or Hawaii, where they rest for a few weeks before making the final long journey back to their breeding grounds.  Their remarkable annual journey ranges from 16,000 – 27,000 km with each leg made as a non-stop flight of 3–8 days. 

Auckland Museum holds three specimens (LB2767-LB2769) of this species from Kiribati. All are study skins collected in 1937 from Canton Island by Major Geoffrey A Buddle (of Auckland) during the Total Solar Eclipse expedition. The specimens are held in our collections and cared for by our Land Vertebrates department. You can see images of the specimens on our collections online resource here.
 

Colour in a Te Kun bird

COLOURING IN SHEET

Colour in a Te Kun bird

Colour in a Te Kun pacific golden plover, strolling along a Kiribati beach.

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Exploring the first book known to be published on Kiribati culture

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Exploring the first book known to be published on Kiribati culture

Discover the story of ‘Aia Karaki nikawai i-Tungaru. Myths and legends of the Gilbertese [Kiribati] people. 1942’, the first book on Kiribati culture published in Gilbertese [i-Kiribati]. 

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Recognising WWI Gilbert Islanders – i-Kiribati service personnel

Recognising WWI Gilbert Islanders – i-Kiribati service personnel

Do you know of anyone from the Gilbert Islands (now known as Kiribati) who enlisted in the New Zealand Army during WWI? Our Online Cenotaph team have identified 25 i-Kiribati  servicemen but would love to hear from you if you know of any others not represented on this list.

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From Sunday 12 July we will light up the Museum for a week in the colours of the Kiribati flag. See the building illuminate in blue, red, yellow and white.