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Get behind the scenes in the museum to experience the wonderful Taonga Māori collection including the two storerooms at Cable Street.
Friends will gain insights into the nature of one of the world’s most extensive collections of Taonga Māori (Māori treasures) and importantly how it is being interpreted, researched and developed by Māori Curators working within Te Ao Māori. You will learn of their holistic approach to kaitiaki (guardianship) collection care, including the physical, spiritual and intellectual. Explore a diverse range of objects including weaving, tiki, cloaks, new acquisitions and other highlights. This is sure to be an incredible experience in a warm, welcoming space, so book early to avoid missing out.
Dougal Austin, Acting Kaihāpai Mātauranga Māori | Head of Mātauranga Māori has a particular research interest in the origins, development, cultural use and significance of hei tiki an interest he will continue to develop. His current work has included a tour of the Kura Pounamu exhibition in China.
Isaac Te Awa, Curator Mātauranga Māori has a diverse interest within te ao Māori and a passion for the reconnection of taonga Māori to people, place and community. He is an active practitioner and researcher of Māori weaving and carving with a special interest in the revitalisation and documentation of traditional technique, practice, and knowledge.
Spaces are limited. This is a members only tour. Join Today!
Includes free parking