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Pu ngārahu (pigment container)

Carved in skin

The lines of a moko carved in skin represent so much more than a tattoo. Practitioner, Mark Kopua explains the significance of facial moko. More>

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Tatau – Samoan tattooing

It is often a painful experience getting a tattoo; curator Sean Mallon explains why it is so important in Samoan culture. More>

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Silver fern

Banks and Solander collection

Two hundred and fifty years ago the iconic silver fern first represented our country. However it wasn't on any sports shirt or flag. An actual piece of fern travelled to England pressed between pages from a famous novel. More>

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Chief mourner's costume

Chief mourner’s costume

In the Pacific it wasn't always appropriate to wear black to a funeral. Several hundred years ago the fashion was a frightening outfit made from precious pearl and black shell. More>

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Child's wrap

Child’s wrap

Matiu Baker discovers the mysterious past of a precious child's cloak. The result, a poignant reunion between whānau and the taonga of their cherished ancestor. More>

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Military jacket

Tuvalu clothes

European missionaries had an impact on the Pacific islands in more ways than one. Their conservative clothes intrigued the near-naked locals. It wasn't long before villagers adopted the new styles, but with a unique Pacific twist. More>

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Samoan cricket bats

Kilikiti is the national sport of Samoa. With the help of some huge bats Simon Morton discovers backyard cricket, Pacific island style. More>

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Huia, heteralocha acutirostris

Who killed the huia?

Sadly you'll never get to see a live huia - they mysteriously died out, a hundred years ago. But how? Riria discovers why bird fanatic Walter Buller was a prime suspect. More>

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Poi awe

Poi awe

Poi take a fair beating in kapa haka. But you won't find the rare and delicate poi awe swinging in time to music. Elaborate weaving and tassles of dog hair make these poi particularly precious. More>

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Te Rauparaha's sword

A chiefly sword

Find out how a sword became an important symbol of peace. Matiu Baker shares with us the history of Te Rauparaha's sword. More>

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Totokia

Fijian war clubs

Te Papa's Pacific store is home to all manner of ferocious weapons, including the deadly iUla throwing club. More>

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Puffer fish helmet

Puffer fish helmet

In Kiribati, the most dangerous sea-creatures are worn bravely and proudly. Riria Hotere meets a fish that could kill you, unless you are wearing one. More>

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New Zealand Company flag

New Zealand Company flag

Riria Hotere discovers one of our country's oldest and most controversial flags. First flown on Wellington Harbour in 1839, will it fly again one day? More>

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Flintlock musket

Flintlock musket

Michael Fitzgerald shows us the type of weapon that generated the expression 'a flash in the pan'. More>

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