Voyage and discovery in the Pacific Te rerenga, te kitenga i te Moana-nui-a-Kiwa
The history of the discovery of Aotearoa New Zealand goes back a millennium and contains the stories of many fine explorers, from Kupe to Cook.
tūpunaancestorsMāori | noun of Māori first journeyed to this whenua
whenualandMāori | noun 800–900 years ago. Following this were toro torovisitsMāori | verb by two notable Europeans: some 400 years later, in 1642, when Abel Tasman became the first European to visit our shores, and then, in 1769, when Captain James Cook and his Endeavour landed near what is now known as Gisborne. These encounters have fuelled conflicting and complicated histories.
Here, explore Pacific exploration and European colonisation through our taonga
Many voices: Challenging colonial views of New Zealand and the Pacific
The complications of the word ‘traditional’? Why ‘reMāorification’ is a better word than ‘decolonisation’. How contemporary artists are retelling the inherited Pākehā-dominant histories of our nation. The collision of cultures. Read articles written by Te Papa staff.
From contemporary artworks merging Māori, Greek, and Roman mythology to an ‘ahu ‘ula (feathered cloak) that was once draped over the shoulders of Captain James Cook, Pacific navigation features extensively across our collections. Explore some of the highlights.