Today marks the beginning of Maori Language Week!
To celebrate Te Wiki o te Reo Māori, we would like to share bilingual profiles of some of our taonga (cultural treasures) with you.
Today we bring you Poi raupō.
Poi raupō: He taonga papatu, he mea hanga i te raupō. Ko tōna ingoa whānui ko Bulrush. E tipu ana te raupō i te kūkūwai. E pēnei pea ana te whakamāramatanga o te ingoa raupō: ngā rau ka tipu i te taiao e tika ana i ngā kūkūwai, pōpōkekere ana. Koina a raupō. E ai ki te whakapapa Māori nei, ka moe a Tāne i a Pakoti, ka puta ko Harakeke. Ka moe a Tāne i a Hine i te repo, ka puta ko Raupō. Na rāua a Poi.
Poi raupō: percussion instruments made from raupō or more commonly known as bulrush, which grow in wetlands. The name “raupō” can be read as: the hundreds that can grow given the right environment and usually in the swampy dark soils.
You won’t be able to see it behind our masks, but we’re ready to welcome you and your family back to the Museum this weekend with a great big smile! ?
On that note, are you in need of a mask for your visit to the Museum? (A friendly reminder that you need to wear one at Alert Level 2). Jolie is modelling one of our Kai Zuku masks, locally made in beautiful sunny Nelson and available for purchase in our Museum Shop.
We love how comfortable these masks are, with super soft fabric, adjustable ear loops, and they can be fitted to your nose making them less likely to slip off when talking.
Kai Zuku masks are available for $15 both online and in-store.