Canterbury Museum


From the pā to the battlefields of the Great War

He Rau Mahara, a project being undertaken by the Whakapapa Unit of Te Rūnanga o Ngāi Tahu, seeks to do the same for those Ngāi Tahu men who served in the Great War of 1914–1918. They fought on battlefields far from home, with some of them never to return to the country they were fighting for. “Their names are not often celebrated in our tribal history, but the struggles and sacrifices they went through deserve our recognition,” says Whakapapa Unit Manager Arapata Reuben. “He Rau Mahara is about creating a taonga that recognises the contribution they made.”

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WHAKAPAIPAI: Jewellery as pepeha

To find out about cultural identity, you have to return to the home fires, to the kaik, the whānau and the whenua. Areta Wilkinson understood that when she returned to Christchurch eight years ago, driven by a desire to reconnect and find out more about her whakapapa. Areta (Ngāi Tahu –Ngāti Irakehu) was always aware…

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A museum taonga

This exquisitely-crafted tikimuri, or opera cape, was made of tīkumu (mountain daisy leaves), by Mrs Titahi of Mangamaunu, Kaikōura, in 1901 and is currently housed in Canterbury Museum. It is one of the Ngāi Tahu taonga that was displayed in Mō Kā Uri: Taonga from Canterbury Museum, that was shown in association with Mō Tātou:…

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15th
February
2010

Te Hokinga Mai

15 February Ngaī Tahu Whānui, people of Te Waipounamu (South Island), and Canterbury Museum are proud to present Te Hokinga Mai. The return home of the Te Papa developed exhibition Mō Tātou: The Ngāi Tahu Whānui Exhibition is celebrated with the complementary exhibition Mō Kā Uri: Taonga from Canterbury Museum. Mō Kā Uri showcases Canterbury…


28th
January
2010

Ngāi Tahu Treaty Festival

28 January Ngāi Tahu Treaty Festival, Ōnuku Marae, Akaroa, Saturday 6 February Ōnuku Rūnanga will host Ngāi Tahu Treaty of Waitangi Day Commemorations, Ngāi Tahu Treaty Festival, at Ōnuku Marae, Akaroa, on Saturday 6 February. The public is welcome to attend. The day will begin with a powhiri at 9am to welcome guests, which include…