The Hong Kong protest movement and Aotearoa New Zealand
The Hong Kong protests evolved and continued through much of the first half of 2020. This collection was donated by the activist group, We Are Kiwi Hong Kongers, to ensure that the history of the Hong Kong protest movement in Aotearoa New Zealand would be preserved and recorded.
1981 Springbok Rugby Tour – Cardboard and clown suits
Aotearoa New Zealand erupted into violent protests when the South African Springbok rugby team toured the country in 1981. Curator History Stephanie Gibson takes us through some of the items in our collection worn as personal protection during the protests.
Watch: Stories of perseverance, from Parihaka to Polynesian Panthers
Hear kōrero (discussion) on the invasion at Parihaka, the Takaparawhā Bastion Point protests and eviction, the Samoan Mau and the events around ‘Black Saturday’, and the work of the Polynesian Panthers and other Pacific activists in Aotearoa.
Decolonise or indigenise: moving towards sovereign spaces and the Māorification of New Zealand museology
Sustainable indigenised practice in colonial museum models – is there such a thing? Kaihāpai Mātauranga Māori | Head of Mātauranga Māori Puawai Cairns explores this question in this adaptation of a speech given in 2019.
History curator Stephanie Gibson has a particular interest in how tiny things can have big impacts – especially in protest movements. She talks through some of these objects which feature in Te Papa’s collection, but also her personal one.