CTANZ has two major avenues for sharing research and commentary on costumes and textiles, one of which is the annual symposium. (The other is our journal, Context.) For around 20 years, members and friends have gathered in locations throughout Aotearoa New Zealand to share their ideas and passion. It’s a welcoming, informal weekend of wide-ranging presentations and conversations.

The next CTANZ symposium will take place in Ōamaru, with a theme of Tradition, Friday 5 May – Sunday 7 May 2023. As this was postponed from 2022, the programme had already been arranged, and will be rolled over. Registration information will be available closer to next May.

Meanwhile, CTANZ is delighted to announce Dr Patricia Te Arapo Wallace (Ngāti Porou) as a keynote speaker for our special 21st Anniversary Symposium. A longstanding member of CTANZ, Dr Wallace specialises in Māori traditional textiles.

We also have a varied and exciting line up of papers that explore contemporary research on Māori and Pacific dress, cherished institutional textile objects, medical attire, and rites of passage – weddings and the debutante ball.

We’re very excited to be heading to regional New Zealand for our anniversary symposium and thrilled to have the event take place in the beautiful Oamaru Opera House a significant heritage-listed building. Oamaru is a heritage destination which has a long and vibrant costume history, best known for its preservation of its Victorian Precinct the town, and the home of Steampunk HQ, the town has a long connection with New Zealand’s textile history. The Oamaru Woollen and Worsted Mills (1881-1960) played a significant role in New Zealand’s successful woollen manufacturing industry, while two former Waitaki High School pupils, Maritza Tschepp and Sharon Ng have carved out successful careers in the fashion industry. Maritza Tschepp won the supreme award at the 1977 Benson and Hedges Fashion Design Awards; while Sharon Ng won the events Lifestyle Award in 1991.