Tribute: Paua Shell

One paua shell with four perforations. "Kia kaha from the Chatham Islands" is handwritten on the top in black ink.
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Canterbury Museum worked with five representatives from Christchurch’s Muslim community, including next of kin to two of the victims, to make a selection of tributes for the Museum’s collection from amongst the tens of thousands.
Dimensions (LxWxH): 120 x 90 x 43mm (4 3/4 x 3 9/16 x 1 11/16")
Researcher comments/remarks
In times of national mourning or crisis, New Zealanders often turn to Māori cultural symbols for expressions of solidarity, sadness and other emotions. Following the 2010-11 Canterbury earthquakes, the phrase kia kaha (stay strong) became widely used and this happened again after 15 March 2019.
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