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Thelma Karaitiana is a Pou Tikanga in Residence at Te Papa Tongarewa, for the iwi of Rongowhakaata. Her role is to voice, to narrate and to feel and share the mauri and mana of tipuna in taonga, who are the Ko Rongowhakaata Exhibition.
Te Papa’s eighth iwi exhibition Ko Rongowhakaata is currently showing at the national museum in Wellington. In this essay, Rongowhakaata kaumatua-in-residence Thelma Karaitiana speaks of the journey from Te Kore to Te Papa.