Māori cloaks

Paula Rigby is a weaver and fibre artist. In this brief piece she describes three of the garments on display at libraries during Matariki 2011. Listen to the full audio of the interview [4:23min 4.1MB] The text below is a transcript of Paula's description of the cloaks. Cloaks a commentary on the role of women…
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CHAMPIONS! New Zealand Post Book Awards for Children and Young Adults 2014

Parents, caregivers, aunties, uncles, nanas, grandads, kids ... we are all looking for great books to read, and have read to us. And the New Zealand Post Book Awards for Children and Young Adults brings together a bunch of brilliant books. The full list of winners of the 2014 New Zealand Post Book Awards for…
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Happy birthday Caxton Press

The Caxton Press was launched on 10 June 1935 by John Drew and poet/typographer Denis Glover to publish New Zealand literature. Leo Bensemann had a long and fruitful association as a designer and illustrator with Caxton. Most of the decade’s best writers were first published by the company. Caxton Press tells the story on its…
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A chat with carver George Edwards

Tohuka Whakairo (master carver) George Edwards (Ngāi Tahu) of Wairewa has created artworks for many organisations - various marae, the Christchurch City Council, Manaaki Whenua (Landcare Research) as well as whare and ceremonial gates. In this interview he tells of learning to work with wood, the challenges of transporting logs and carving totem poles as…
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Queen’s Birthday 2014

Monday 2 June is a public holiday on which New Zealand celebrates the birthday of Queen Elizabeth II. 21 April was her actual birthday and she turned 88 (she was born in 1926). See also: Our page on the Queen's Birthday holiday [kids]. Search for Queen Elizabeth II in our collection. The Queen's page on…
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Weaving art and lives together

Paula Rigby is a skilled weaver, with years of experience creating beautiful items from natural fibres of harakeke or flax, feathers, and more contemporary fibres. Matariki is a time when weaving was taught and practised, and garments were made using the fibres prepared in the previous year. In this interview she shares her knowledge of…
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Kapa haka

Kapa Haka is commonly used to describe a modern day performance of traditional and contemporary adaptations of Māori waiata, mōteatea, poi and haka. The prestigious Te Matatini National Kapa Haka Festival is being held in Christchurch from Wednesday 4 March to Sunday 8 March 2015. Kapa haka at Eastgate. Flickr: CCL-2012 Kapa haka is an…
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