In 2017, photographer Andrew Matautia joined Te Papa on a co-collecting trip to Tokelau. During his visit he documented life on the islands, which are increasingly under threat of climate change. View his photos – including spectacular drone imagery.
In November 2017 media producer Kate Whitley joined a Te Papa expedition to Tokelau. Reflecting on her journey, Kate explores the photos of Glenn Jowitt in our collection and talks with Paula Faiva about growing up in Tokelau and the importance of the inati (equal portions) system that underpins island life.
This is a hand held fan from Fakaofo in Tokelau. It was woven by Meaalofa Faleasiu using coconut and pandanus leaves. It was collected by Te Papa as part of a co-collecting project about how people in Tokelau are living with climate change (2017).
A trip to remote Tokelau: Life a few metres above sea level
The Pacific island nation of Tokelau is one of the most remote places on the planet, and, with the entire country sitting metres above sea level, one of the most under threat from climate change. Media creator Kate Whitley describes the journey to this vulnerable ‘necklace of small islands’.
See four photos taken by Thomas Andrew in 1886. He was on the Buster – a ship out of Auckland that travelled through the Pacific Islands for seven months. The Buster called at Olohega (also known as Swains Island) for a day.