19 May 2019

Bicultural narratives at two museums

From Standing Room Only, 1:46 pm on 19 May 2019

Recently it was announced that the hotly-debated statue of Captain James Cook atop Titirangi Hill in Gisborne is to be moved to the local Tairawhiti Museum. The move coincides with the equally controversial nationwide Tuia Encounters 250 programme, commemorating the first onshore meetings between Maori and European. Already some Maori have called for a boycott. At the same time Museums Aotearoa Conference - Ko Aotearoa Tenei - at Wellington's Te Papa 2019 has placed the Treaty of Waitangi back at the centre of museum discussion. Welcome to biculturalism 2019. It's the subject of presentations from two regional museums as part of the conference. Mark Amery talks to Eloise Wallace, Director of the Tairawhiti Museum, and to Te Awhina Rangimarie Arahanga, a curator at Kaikoura Museum.

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