Posts written by Jane Keig

F1 exhibition crosses the finish line but what’s next???

  • Medallion with couple. Painted plaster. Pompeii, House of the Gold Bracelet.  Source – Soprintendenza Speciale per i Beni Archeologici di Napoli e Pompei
  • Medallion with couple. Painted plaster. Pompeii, House of the Gold Bracelet. Source – Soprintendenza Speciale per i Beni Archeologici di Napoli e Pompei
  • Medallion with couple. Painted plaster. Pompeii, House of the Gold Bracelet. Source – Soprintendenza Speciale per i Beni Archeologici di Napoli e Pompei.
  • The Ferrari F2004 will be going back to Australia. Thanks Bridgestone for securing this car for the exhibition!

Staff at the museum waved the checkered flag for the Formula One – The Great Design Race exhibition this morning, having closed to the public on Sunday.  The exhibition was seen by over 52,000 people and preliminary visitor market research shows that 1/4 of visitors surveyed were first time visitors to the museum! So now the… Read more »

Otis Frizzell at Te Papa next week

Otis Frizzell

It’s been really heartening to see how NZ has dug deep to aid Samoa after the recent tsunami.  TVNZ’s Good Morning programme broadcast live from Te Papa and other main centres on Wednesday to support the Red Cross’s appeal.  In total, they raised $165,000 in just three hours! Online giving website Givealittle has received over… Read more »

Tales from Te Papa : Cloud

As you know from my previous post, Tales from Te Papa went live on TVNZ6 on 1 September.  Over the coming weeks, we’ll post the mini-documentaries to the blog with more information – the stuff our staff weren’t able to fit into the Tales from Te Papa format and useful links to more info.  We’d love… Read more »

F1 fans win a piece of Ferrari history

Signed Ferrari shirts - thanks Shell V-Power!

Today was the day we gave away two signed Ferrari shirts to lucky Formula One™ – The Great Design Race  visitors.  We were not really sure what to expect so were thrilled that close to 130 people turned up! The shirts, signed by Michael Schumacher, Felipe Massa, and Kimi Räikkönen, were given to us by Shell V-Power and… Read more »

See Te Papa on TVNZ6 from tomorrow!

  • Riria Hoter and Simon Morton - your guides to NZ's cultural treasures in Tales from Te Papa
  • Riria Hotere and Simon Morton - your guides to New Zealand's treasures in Tales from Te Papa
  • Riria Hotere and Simon Morton, your guides to the national collection
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Join Simon Morton and Riria Hotere for your personal guided tour of the nation’s treasures when TVNZ6, in partnership with Te Papa and Vero, launch Tales from Te Papa on Tuesday 1 September! Tales from Te Papa is a series of mini-docos (between 2-5 minutes long) showcasing significant objects and taonga from the collections of… Read more »

Signed Formula One shirt giveaway

Signed Ferrari shirts

A special delivery had some staff pretty excited yesterday – you need to be into Formula One racing though! Exhibition principal partner Shell V-Power has secured exclusive Ferrari polo shirts signed by legends of F1 racing,  Michael Schumacher, Felipe Massa, and Kimi Räikkönen.  We are giving them away to luckyFormula One™ – The Great Design Race exhibition… Read more »

Porcupine fish on Petone foreshore

Puffer fish helmet, 1900s, maker unknown. © Te Papa.

I had a call yesterday from Wellington’s Dominion Post newspaper needing an expert to identify some fish found washed up on the Petone foreshore.  Andrew Stewart, Te Papa’s fishes collection manager, identified them as porcupine fish. Andrew says that the porcupine fish lives around in-shore reefs, especially along our northern coasts where divers commonly see it… Read more »

Black Magic hits the waters one last time…

Sir Peter Blake and friends opening Te Papa in 1998.©Te Papa

Well … kind of!  NZL 32 aka Black Magic will be barged tomorrow morning from Team New Zealand’s shed in Auckland’s Viaduct Harbour to its new home within the National Maritime Museum’s Blue Water Black Magic – A Tribute to Sir Peter Blake exhibition, opening in December this year. Black Magic is the yacht that… Read more »

Winter weather can’t keep kaumātua away!

Te Hokowhitu a Tu perform at Te Papa in 2008. © Te Papa, 2008

Flooding and storms aren’t enough to stop pakeke (elders) from the East Coast from making their way down to Wellington to perform at Kaumātua Kapa Haka at Te Papa this weekend.   Senior Maori performing artists from Te Hokowhitu a Tu have had to leave earlier than planned to dodge road restrictions in the region…. Read more »

Kaumātua Kapa Haka at Te Papa goes global, 11 & 12 July

Kuia from South Taranaki performing the poi at Te Papa (2008). © Te Papa.

The final weekend of the 2009 Matariki Festival at Te Papa is by no means the least with the return of the popular Kaumātua Kapa Haka, proudly supported by TelstraClear and NZ Post. These senior performing artists performed at last year’s Matariki Festival and this year they are going global! Can’t make it to Te… Read more »