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Beauty, Bounty, and Plunder

Explore Feathermania: Fashion to die for | Te mate huruhuru: He kahu matemate, and consider the terrible impact that fashion had on our native manu

  manubirdsMāori | noun
. How can we do better now?

  • Education type Education visit
  • Duration 60-90 mins
  • Suitable for Years 5–13
  • Next available Available from 26 June
  • Cost $6.50 per student, accompanying adults, free
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Aotearoa has many beautiful and unique manu

  manubirdsMāori | Noun
, which we now strive to protect. In the 19th century, however, those birds were killed in their thousands, their beautiful plumage used in fashion for wealthy women.

Feathermania | Te mate huruhuru, the new exhibition at Te Papa, displays some of the results of this trade in feathers.

Our new learning programme explores this history, places it into a context of colonisation, and asks how we can be better kaitiaki

  kaitiakiguardiansMāori | Noun

Black and white photo of two women one seated, one standing with enormous hats adorned with large feathers


Robinshaw and Reid, about 1920, Wellington, by Berry & Co. Purchased 1998 with New Zealand Lottery Grants Board funds. Te Papa (B.044437)