5 Apr 2023

Tiny objects telling big stories

From Nine To Noon, 11:30 am on 5 April 2023

Wearing a badge or pin can be a representation of your identity, your pride or your outrage.

New Zealanders have created badges for almost every cause and endeavour over the years; from protest groups, to suffrage, tino rangatiratanga, sports clubs, even animal breeds and royal visits.

Te Papa has a collection of over 1600 of these such badges, representing a slice of New Zealand's political, social and environmental history.

Stephanie Gibson, curator of New Zealand Histories and Cultures at Te Papa calls them "tiny objects which tell big stories".

Together with fellow curator Claire Regnault, they have just released a book Tiny Statements: A Social History of Aotearoa New Zealand in Badges.