9 August 2013
Te Ara exhibition opens in Vancouver
Launches new trilingual book featuring Musqueam alongside Māori and English
The exhibition Te Ara: Māori Pathways of Leadership, opens today in Vancouver, Canada, in the final stage of its world
tour before returning to New Zealand in February 2014.
Featuring photographs by Krzysztof Pfeiffer taken over a five-year period, and curated by Paul Tapsell and Merata
Kawharu, Te Ara is a visual survey of leadership in the Māori world – past, present and future. It premiered in Poland
in 2010 and has since shown at major museums in the UK and Germany.
The exhibition is being hosted by the Musqueam Indian Band, the First Peoples of the Vancouver area, and is showing at
the Musqueam Gallery in the British Columbian capital.
Accompanying the opening was the launch of the third edition of the exhibition book. Te Ara features photographs from the exhibition with extended text by Paul Tapsell reviewing leadership and challenges for
The book is believed to be the first featuring both Canadian and New Zealand indigenous languages, with a landmark
Musqueam translation – one of very few texts in the language – alongside Te Reo Māori and English. Copies are available
in Canada and New Zealand.
"Our conversation is indigenous to indigenous with the Musqueam, but it is a story to which everyone is invited to come
along and listen in," said Tapsell, who is visiting Vancouver.
Te Ara: Māori Pathways of Leadership will be at the Musqueam Gallery, 4000 Musqueam Avenue, Vancouver, until 28 February
Professor Paul Tapsell and Associate Professor Merata Kawharu teach in the Māori Studies department at the University of
Otago, Dunedin; Krzysztof Pfeiffer is an internationally recognised photographer based in Auckland who has contributed
to more than 35 books.
Te Ara: Māori Pathways of Leadership
Release Date: 9 August 2013 | ISBN: 978-1-877514-60-9 | RRP $21.99 Paperback, 210 x 297 mm landscape, 32 pages, colour