20 Oct 2007

New Zealand's national museum celebrates Pacific people in an exhibition

10:14 am on 20 October 2007

Ceremonies have been held at Te Papa in Wellington to launch a five-year exhibition, Tangata O le Moana, which tells the story of Pacific people in New Zealand.

The national museum is hosting a three-day festival - including hula dancing and weaving - focussing on Pacific people.

Elma MaUa reports from Te Papa.

"A few hundred people braved the stiff southerly breeze to ensure the success of the launch. The sounds of the conch welcomed the public in true Pacific fashion. Many of the Pacific communities were dressed in traditional costumes with flower leis adding colour to the occasion. The exhibition which tells the story of Pacific people in New Zealand past and present is just one of many events to be held over the next three days that will be specifically Pacific."