Caring for taonga on the Chatham Islands

  • Harvested tree dressed up in wedding tulle. Photograph by Nirmala Balram. © Te Papa
  • Harvested trees going into an insulated container. Photograph by Nirmala Balram. © Te Papa
  • Kōpi trees have very shallow roots. Photograph by Nirmala Balram. © Te Papa
  • Honey fungus is very damaging to the bark. Photograph by Nirmala Balram. © Te Papa

National Services Te Paerangi (NSTP) is a team within Te Papa that provides support and advice for museums, galleries and iwi around New Zealand. You can learn more about what we do on our website. One of NSTP’s services is to facilitate expert assistance for museums and other groups who care for taonga. Since 2010,… Read more »

New sunfish discovered

Marianne Nyegaard, Andrew Stewart and Te Papa intern Etsuro Suwai measuring a specimen of the new sunfish. (Photo Salme Kortet, Te Papa).

Sunfishes (family Molidae) are large, distinctive, oceanic fishes found worldwide. Scientists generally agree there are two species of sunfish – the oceanic sunfish (Mola mola) and the bump-headed or short sunfish (Mola ramsayi). However, recent DNA analyses of sunfish samples collected and sequenced overseas has indicated the presence of a third, undescribed, and previously unknown… Read more »

Creating something Shakespearean: Raymond Boyce and the Globe hangings

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Do you support hangings? I certainly do if we are discussing the four embroidered wall hangings at Shakespeare’s Globe in London’s Bankside, designed by Wellington artist Raymond Boyce and made by over 400 women from North Shore to Southland in 1991. They are Aotearoa New Zealand’s proud gift to Shakespeare’s and a handsome testament to the important place… Read more »

Opinion: Curating for the Contemporary Pacific; 95 theses (New Zealand edition)

In the last six months, the arts and cultures of the Pacific have loomed large in New Zealand and Australia through a range of exhibitions, events and symposia. From Queensland’s Asia Pacific Triennial 8, the ground breaking 2016 Pacific Arts Association Symposium, Tautai’s Contemporary Pacific Arts Trust Arts 30 year exhibition, and the promise of… Read more »

One motif, thirty years of exploration: Jim Geddes on Gordon Walters

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Te Papa’s touring exhibition, Gordon Walters: Koru, is currently being hosted at the Eastern Southland Gallery, Gore (23 April to 6 June), a splendid venue which is affectionately known as the ‘Goreggenheim’! Mark Stocker, Curator Historical International Art, talked to the ebullient District Curator at Eastern Southland, Jim Geddes, about it… MS: Jim, why did you… Read more »

Collecting mothers

  • Teina and Marama relaxing at home in 2015. Photograph by Norm Heke, Te Papa, 2015
  • Teina Davidson on a march to save the Māuis dolphin in 2014
  • Mikaere Haumaha with his mum, and with Maama in the garden. Photo by Norm Heke, Te Papa, 2015
  • Mikaere with parents Kim / Kimmi and Anaru or Andrew Haumaha, Nana Haumaha.

Collecting Childhood is a Te Papa project focused on children growing up in New Zealand today, but it’s not just about the kids. They are central, and the aim is to represent their daily lives and key moments through objects, photographs, and their ongoing stories, but also of interest are their families and mothers. Mother’s… Read more »

Paul Annear (1947-2016)

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Studio jeweller, craftsman Te Papa sadly bids farewell to contemporary studio jeweller Paul Annear who passed away on 24 April in Phnom Penh, Cambodia. Characterful and enigmatic, Paul loved materials and the process of craft making. He studied anthropology and psychology at the University of Auckland- subjects that helped inform his jewellery in the years… Read more »

Robert Falla and the Westland petrel

  • Westland petrel (Procellaria westlandica), Paparoa National Park. Image: Colin Miskelly, New Zealand Birds Online
  • Robert Falla at his desk in the Dominion Museum, watched over by a spotted shag. Image: Te Papa MA_B.016181
  • White-capped mollymawk (Thalassarche cauta steadi). Image: Colin Miskelly, New Zealand Birds Online
  • The three versions of the Falla, Sibson, turbot field guide, published between 1966 and 1990. Image: Colin Miskelly, Te Papa

The museum’s fifth Director became our second knight. Te Papa turned 150 years old on 8 December 2015. To celebrate 150 years since the opening of the Colonial Museum in Wellington, the exhibition ‘You called me WHAT?!’ is open on Level 3 until the end of 2016. The exhibition, and this series of blogs, explore… Read more »

Heroines and Homemakers in colonial art

Sarah Featon, Kohekohe 1880, watercolour. Purchased 1919 (1992-0035-2277/76)

As we celebrate the mothers in our lives this coming Sunday, I thought it timely to reflect on some of the remarkable women present in the historical galleries of Ngā Toi │Arts Te Papa. They are present as heroines and homemakers, as artists and as benefactors. They may not have been mothers, but they have… Read more »