October 23, 2019 posted by Unity Wellington

Launch | Protest Tautohetohe by Stephanie Gibson, Matariki Williams & Puawai Cairns | 6-7:30pm Wednesday 6th November

Launch | Protest Tautohetohe by Stephanie Gibson, Matariki Williams & Puawai Cairns | 6-7:30pm Wednesday 6th November

Unity Books and Te Papa Press warmly invite you to celebrate the launch of


by Stephanie Gibson, Matariki Williams & Puawai Cairns

Wednesday 6th November, 6-7:30pm
Unity Books Wellington, 57 Willis St


For a small, peaceful democracy in the South Pacific, New Zealand has had its fair share of major protest issues, and over the decades New Zealanders have become adept at mobilising around causes. From protest about war – be it the New Zealand Wars, the Great War, the Vietnam War or the invasion of Iraq – to trade union action, protests against apartheid and nuclear ship visits, protest for the rights of women and LGBTQI people, protests for better race relations and to protect the environment, and protest to save key services and protect heritage, Aotearoa New Zealand has a long legacy of activism. This richly illustrated book brings together the objects made by protesters to proclaim and symbolise their causes and their struggles. From banners to badges, t-shirts to teatowels, posters to photographs, it is a vivid reflection of 250 years of resistance and persistence.

Look inside Protest Tautohetohe: Objects of Resistance, Persistence and Defiance (link is external)


Stephanie Gibson is Curator Contemporary Life & Culture at the Museum of New Zealand Te Papa Tongarewa. She is researching the material and visual culture of protest, conflict and reform, as well as everyday life in Aotearoa New Zealand. Her continuing museological research focuses on museums and community participation.

Matariki WIlliams is Curator Mātauranga Māori at the Museum of New Zealand Te Papa Tongarewa. She has a broad interest in the intersections within te ao Māori and how this contributes to a diverse contemporary Māori society. Her research interests include contemporary social history, art, and digital
expressions of self and culture. Matariki is a Kāhui Kaitiaki representative on the Museums Aotearoa Board and also serves on the board of the National Digital Forum. Iwi affiliation: Tūhoe, Te Atiawa, Ngāti Whakaue, Ngāti Hauiti.

Puawai Cairns is Kaihāpai Mātauranga Māori, the Head of Mātauranga Māori at the Museum of New Zealand Te Papa Tongarewa. She specialises in contemporary social history research and collecting to reflect the stories of Māori communities. Puawai is presently exploring what the concept mana motuhake looks like in museology and exhibition making, and is especially interested in indigenising museum practice. Iwi affiliation: Ngāti Pūkenga, Ngāti Ranginui, Ngāi Te Rangi.

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