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Curator Historical New Zealand Art Rebecca Rice and Curator Mātauranga Māori Matariki Williams tell NZSL Presenter Theresa Cooper about four of the artworks on the portrait wall in Tūrangawaewae: Art and New Zealand.
“Taonga puoro allows us to signify to visitors that they will be encountering a wall that depicts contended histories.”
Matariki Williams talks about Te Umukohukohu pūtātara:
“This year marks 125 years of suffrage in New Zealand. It’s a good a time profile notable women from our history who, in their quiet way, contributed to the culture of this place.”
Rebecca Rice talks about Norman Garstin, Portrait of D.K. Richmond:
“The mirrors highlight that the stories on the wall have contemporary resonance.”
Matariki Williams talks about Tene Waitere, Carved mirror frame:
“Poetua appears serene, but this painting actually had its origins in an early clash of cultures.”
Rebecca Rice talks about John Webber, Poedua [Poetua], daughter of Oreo, chief of Ulaietea [Ra‘iātea], one of the Society Isles:
Thanks to Theresa Cooper, NZ Sign Language Presenter and Ginette Harborne, NZ Sign Language Interpreter.