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Göttingen Visit
25- 27 July 2011

Arawa visitors in Cambridge

June 2011

Cook collections: research breakthrough at the British Museum

Cook First Voyage collections: research visit to the Pitt Rivers Museum

Ngai Tamanuhiri in Cambridge

September 2010

Sainsbury Research Unit collaboration

Funding excellence

August 2010

Pacific Arts Association Xth International Symposium

DiSCO Workshop

July 2010

Research seminar: Digital Subjects, Cultural Objects

June 2010

Introductory talk for TATAU: Symmetry, Harmony and Beauty

MAA hosts Semisi Fetokai Potauaine

EXHIBITION – Tatau: Samoan Tattooing / Global Culture

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Visit to Uawa


Kaaterina Kerekere at Thistle Hall Gallery, Wellington
Billie Lythberg, April 2013

At the exhibition opening, Toi Hauiti artist Kaaterina Kere and Research Associate Dr. Billie Lythberg flank Kerekere’s painting of house rafters from Tokomaru Bay, now in the collection of Florence’s Museo di Storia Naturale Firenze, Antropologia e Etnologia).
Photos courtesy of Kaaterina Kerekere


A focus of our work with Project Partners Toi Hauiti has been assisting them in locating taonga (ancestral artefacts) from their tribal area, with the particular goal of reassembling in virtual form their ancestral house, Te Kani-a-Takirau. This house stood at Tolaga Bay until the 1880s when it was sold and dispersed, and parts are now to be found in collections throughout the world, including Auckland Museum and the Museum of New Zealand Te Papa Tongarewa. In September 2012, Maia Nuku and Billie Lythberg accompanied a Toi Hauiti delegation to museums in Florence and the UK to track down further pieces of the Te Kani house and other taonga. In Florence’s Museo di Storia Naturale Firenze, Antropologia e Etnologia, Toi Hauiti reconnected with a tukutuku panel from the Te Kani house, rafters from another house from Tokomaru Bay, and a painted paddle from the set that Amiria Salmond has identified as having been collected on the East Coast by members of Captain Cook’s Endeavour crew on 11 October 1769. In the British Museum they reconnected with a comb (heru) carved by Te Kani-a-Takirau and more of the painted paddles.

These taonga prompted immediate responses from the two artists who were travelling with us, carver Jack Brooking and painter and designer Kaaterina Kerekere. Jack Brooking exhibited his own ‘painted paddle’ in November 2012 at Auckland’s Kura Gallery, while in April 2013, Kaaterina Kerekere produced a series of paintings based on the rafters and tukutuku panel in Florence, and the painted paddles in the British Museum. Exhibited at Wellington’s Thistle Gallery, the works prompted the audience into a spontaneous and passionate rendition of the waiata, Paikea, which honours and addressess the tekoteko figure that stood atop the Te Kani house. Members of Toi Hauiti plan to visit this tekoteko later this month in his current home in New York’s American Museum of Natural History.