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Paua surfboard

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Acknowledgements:
Copyright Reproduced courtesy of the Museum of New Zealand Te Papa Tongarewa
Creator Brian O'Connor, creator, 2001
Identifiers Museum of New Zealand Te Papa Tongarewa Number GH009285 TLF resource R2048
Source Museum of New Zealand Te Papa Tongarewa
Description:

This is an image of a paua laminate surfboard made in New Zealand by Brian O'Connor (born 1963) in 2001. It is a standard size, 6 foot 2 inches (1.89 m) long, and comprises a thin piece of wood in the middle of a foam 'blank', which is covered in resin and paua shell laminate and then coated in fibreglass.

Educational value:
  • This asset is an object that is used in a popular leisure activity in New Zealand and Australia - most of the population in both countries live near the coast and the climate and maritime conditions are suitable for surfing.
  • It demonstrates that culturally significant objects and materials such as a surfboard and paua shell can be combined to create unique representations of cultural identity - paua is a common shellfish in the waters of New Zealand and is used frequently in both traditional and contemporary decorative objects.

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