May 28, 2018
Whanau share Ngati Toa treasures
After sharing its taonga with the rest of the motu at Te Papa Tongarewa for the past two years, Ngati Toa Rangatira has brought the show home to Porirua.
Whiti Te Ra: The Story of Ngati Toa Rangatira opened at Pataka Art + Museum yesterday.
Notable new items not shown at Te Papa include Te Rauparaha’s pipe, a type of fine flax cloak known as a kaitaka paepaeroa worn by Te Rauparaha’s son Tamihana, and maihi or barge boards which formerly graced the front of a meeting house at Takapuwahia.
A film by Wiremu Grace on Te Rauparaha’s haka Ka Mate was also shown.
Kaumatua Taku Parai says there are also family pieces.
"They will be displayed in terms of hei tiki and kotare and different typles of greenstone and whalebone ornaments that will be put up so we are really rapt the families have come to the call, enabling us to showcase them," he says
Whiti Te Ra: The Story of Ngati Toa Rangatira will be at Pataka for the next four years.
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