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Private Te Kuru and the Pioneers

Private Te Kuru was in the NZ Pioneer Battalion. The 'Pioneers' prepared battlefields for infantry and artillery. The work was physically tough and dangerous.

Ingrid Anderson

One of New Zealand's foremost textile designers, Ingrid Anderson's bold colourful designs can be found in homes and businesses throughout the country. Auckland Museum has recently acquired a small group of textiles produced by Anderson.

Christmas 1916

There were upbeat reports, Christmas care packages sent, and festivities at home - yet little in the way of real relief on the fronts.

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  Kete muka -    
  Tribe of origin: Ngati Kuri
Waka: Ngatokimatawhaorua
Iwi: Ngati Kuri

Locality: Te Hapua
Region: Far North

Acquisition date: 1970

Material: Muka
Measurements: 24.1 x 17.8cm

Museum location: Auckland Museum
Specific location: Maori Court West
T W Leys Memorial
Ethnology no: 43126
 Pathway: This kete muka was given to Mrs Greensmith (nee Lloyd) at the turn of the 20th century for saving the life of the son of Wi Hipihana during a major typhoid epidemic. Mrs Greensmith was a school teacher at Te Hapua in the Tai Tokerau region at this time and she was also given a rei puta (No. 43125). Both the kete and the rei puta were purchased by the Auckland Museum in 1970. 
 Catalogue description: This small bag is made of woven undyed muka in single-pair twining and decorated with fringes and tassels. It also features a criss-cross pattern on the body.