Te Papa trademark threatens closure of Gallery

By Mere McLean
  • Waikato/Bay of Plenty

The use of the name 'Te Papa' has been a 12-month-long battle for one Māori art gallery owner based in Tauranga.

Her gallery named Te Papa Toi has come under fire for the use of the trademark name of Te Papa Tongarewa. However the owner of Te Papa Toi is not giving up.

Te Papa Toi, located in downtown Tauranga, has come under fire for the use of the name 'Te Papa' which has been trademarked by Te Papa Tongarewa in Wellington.

Puti Hauraki, owner of Te Papa Toi, relocated in Tauranga with her now deceased partner in Tauranga, after they lost everything in the February 22 Christchurch earthquake.

Te Papa Tongarewa sent a letter to Puti Hauraki indicating the Te Papa trademark ownership. Te Papa Tongarewa is open 365 days a year and entry is free with charges to some short-term exhibitions and activities. However, Puti Hauraki is not giving up on her right to use the Te Papa name.

Te Papa Tongarewa had asked to settle but that has caused a stand-still to her business, Te Papa Toi.

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