Ngāti Toa Rangatira Exhibition Opening Weekend 

When:
Sat 14 Jun & Sun 15 Jun 201410am–4pm
Where:
Throughout Te Papa
Cost:
Free entry
Type:
Talk; Performance; Family; Workshop 

Te Kura Māori o Porirua performs kapa haka. Photo courtesy of Te Kura Māori o Porirua

Celebrate the new exhibition Whiti Te Rā! The story of Ngāti Toa Rangatira with a weekend of music, artists at work, floortalks, theatre, and Ka Mate, the world-famous haka.

All activities are free, but seating may be limited – please arrive early!

Saturday 14 June

10am, Main Entrance                       
Ka Mate haka (chant) performance by members of Ngāti Toa iwi (tribe) to open the museum

10am–4pm, Te Huka ā Tai Discovery Centre, Level 4     
Artists at Work, with weaver Elaine Bevan   

10am–4pm, Te Huka ā Tai Discovery Centre, Level 4     
Kirituhi (pen tattoos) with artist Taryn Beri     

10.30am–11am, Wellington Foyer, Level 2
Kapa haka performance by Te Kura Māori o Porirua

12 noon–12.30pm, Iwi Gallery, Level 4
Floortalk: The story of Ngāti Toa Rangatira

1pm–2.30pm, Te Marae, Level 4
The Battalion theatre performance

3pm–4pm, Wellington Foyer, Level 2
Live music: Rangi Parker and reggae band AKA

Sunday 15 June

10am–4pm, Te Huka ā Tai Discovery Centre, Level 4 
Artists at Work, with weaver Elaine Bevan

10am–4pm, Te Huka ā Tai Discovery Centre, Level 4     
Kirituhi (pen tattoos) with artist Taryn Beri

11am–12 noon, Signs of a Nation, Level 4        
Singing Māori puppets with James Webster                                                        

12 noon–12.30pm, Iwi Gallery, Level 4
Curator floortalk: The story of Ngāti Toa Rangatira

1pm–2.30pm, Te Marae, Level 4
The Battalion
theatre performance

3pm–4pm, Signs of a Nation, Level 4        
Singing Māori puppets with James Webster

 

More on the opening events

Artists at Work, with weaver Elaine Bevan

Caption:  Elaine Bevan 2012, Photo: Te Papa 

For opening weekend, Ngāti Toa weaver Elaine Bevan shows us her work with harakeke (flax) and other customary plant materials. Over the coming months, Artists at Work will regularly feature expert artists in action – in Te Huka ā Tai, our Māori-themed children’s Discovery Centre.

Kids’ Discovery Centres at Te Papa

Kirituhi (pen tattoos) with artist Taryn Beri

Kirituhi (pen moko). Photo courtesy of Taryn Beri

Kids, let Ngāti Toa artist Taryn Beri give you a customary or contemporary moko (tattoo) – in pen only! Taryn has recently returned from an international tattoo exhibition in Paris.

Taryn Beri – find out more

Kids’ Discovery Centres at Te Papa

The Battalion

The Battalion is a moving play about friendship, loyalty, madness, and redemption. It is told by World War II 28th Maori Battalion veteran Paora Matene to his wayward charges, Rimini and George. 

Sent back to their whānau (family) in the ‘one-cow town’ of Tamariri, Rimini and George aren’t interested in the locals or their family history – they just want to get back to the city. 

It was the same for five young men in 1939. Drawn in by the excitement of war, they run away to the army … The two stories collide, with Rimini and George learning valuable life lessons.

Written by Helen Otene-Pearce, directed by Jim Moriarty

Karetao puoro – Singing Māori puppets with James Webster

 The multi-talented artist and musician James Webster performs with his taonga puoro (customary Māori musical instruments) and karetao (wooden puppets). James works in carving (bone, stone, and wood), painting, tā moko (tattooing), and mixed media. He brings all of this artistry to his performance.

Karetao puoro – find out more