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We seek to understand the local and global histories of Pacific peoples, and to document these stories through our collection.
We are undertaking a long-term project that involves surveying Te Papa’s Pacific Cultures Collection by island group to verify what is held. We seek to expand and share our knowledge about key artefacts, collectors, and histories associated with the collection.
A core part of our work is to increase accessibility to our research and collections. To make information accessible to the public, we:
Since the early 1990s, collection development has increasingly aimed to represent the visual culture and history of Pacific peoples in New Zealand. The scope is broad and ranges from contemporary art and fashion through to new forms of weaving, tīvaevae, and tapa that migrants have brought with them to New Zealand.
As Te Papa develops its understanding of the global connections Pacific peoples are making with each other and the wider world, its collections will continue to grow to record these stories.