2017-2019 Otago University Rekohu/Chatham Islands Taonga Pūoro Research 

From 2017-2019 Alistair is a researcher on a team of five lead by Dr. Jennifer Cattermole from Otago University. The study will focus on the origins and development of pre-European contact musical instruments in Aotearoa (New Zealand), Rekohu and Rangiaotea (Chatham and Pitt Islands).

2016 Churchill Fellowship U.K. and Ireland Research

Alistair inspected 18 taonga pūoro over 11 museums and recorded 8 taonga pūoro.

Cuming Museum London, Saffron Walden Museum, Russell Coates Art Gallery and Museum Bournemouth, SCVA Norwich, National Museum of Ireland Dublin, Ulster Museum Belfast, University of Edinburgh, National Museums Scotland, Perth Museum and Art Gallery, University of Aberdeen King’s Museum and Great North Museum:Hancock in Newcastle.


Read the full report to The Winston Churchill Memorial Trust complete with measurements and descriptions.

Winston Churchill Memorial Trust Report – Alistair Fraser REVISED2.1

2015 U.K. Research

In 2015 Alistair studied collections at Horniman Museum London, British Museum, Cambridge Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology and Pitt Rivers Oxford University.

2014 Okains Bay Māori and Colonial Museum Inspection and Recording

Alistair inspected and recorded the collection held at Okains Bay Māori and Colonial Museum for an octophonic installation piece ‘E Waru Reo Ki Kawatea’ held at The Auricle Sonic Arts Gallery, Christchurch in January 2015.

2011 Rakiura Wild Creations Artist Residency DoC/CNZ

In 2011 Alistair held a Wild Creations Artist Residency at Masons Bay, Rakiura/Stewart Island where he researched and created taoka pūoro from the environment based on research of taoka from Murihiku and surrounds.

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