This podcast has been specially produced for the Friends of Te Papa and features Rachel Yates Curator Pacific Cultures, who talks about her work in the Pacific collection and the acquisition of three pieces of hiapo (Niue tapa) earlier this year.

Botanical pair (2018)
60x67cm each, Hiapo, Cora-Allan Wickliffe


12 minutes 42 seconds

Further reading:

Pule, J. P., & Thomas, N. (2005). Hiapo: past and present in Niuean barkcloth. University of Otago Press.

Smith, M. (2019).  (re-a)Wakening Sleeping Giants.  Unofficial: A journal on Moana Art. URL:


Cora-Allan Wickliffe website:

Te Papa’s Collection online:

An example of Hiapo from the 1800s:


Recorded by Rachel Yates, Pacific Cultures Curator, Te Papa


Image credit banner: Large Botanical Study (2018), 2.4m x 1m, Hiapo, Cora-Allan Wickliffe