New Zealand, 'Oceania' exhibition sponsor statement
The diverse peoples of the Pacific are resilient and creative. But we are now facing challenges unprecedented in the thousands of years since settling this vast ocean. ‘Oceania’ will showcase history from the Pacific and focus international attention on this unique part of the world. Themes of the exhibition include journeying, place-making and encounters. These themes are not confined to history but are directly relevant to contemporary challenges such as climate change, regional security and sustainable development. A deeper international understanding of the Pacific – of its history and its future – is vital to these challenges being met. New Zealand – as a country that is part of the Pacific region – is pleased to support the Royal Academy’s ‘Oceania’ exhibition. Alongside this exhibition, we will share stories from the Pacific, showcase Pacific cultures and emphasise our common threads of history and society.