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Pacific Treasures on display

Auckland War Memorial Museum. Photo: RNZI Indira Stewart.

Large collections of Pacific treasures on display in Auckland

One of the world’s largest collections of historic Pacific treasures will be displayed in a new project launched by New Zealand’s Auckland War Memorial Museum.

Items including musical instruments, tools, ornaments and carvings from 13 different nations will be brought out of storage, catalogued, conserved and photographed over the next three years.

More than 5,000 collection items are expected to be processed and will be published online to help communities and researchers worldwide.

The museum’s Pacific Curator, Fuli Pereira, said members from the Pacific community had been invited to help shed light and understanding around the items, some of which were thought to be about 100 years old.

“It’s going to be huge because most museums have put their collections online. But we’re going to have a concerted effort to collaborate with our communities and actually have their voices be the primary voice telling the world about the collections here.”