Posts written by Jane Keig

The talkative tui inspires Friends’ gift

Humphrey Ikin, Friends of Te Papa President, Sally Munro and Te Papa's Chief Executive, Dr Seddon Bennington, at the gifting ceremony, 25 June 2009. © Te Papa, 2009.

To celebrate Te Papa’s  tenth anniversary, the Friends of Te Papa commissioned artist Humphrey Ikin to create a lectern for Rongomaraeroa, Te Papa’s contemporary meeting house on Level 4.  Humphrey Ikin is an artist working in wood already represented in Te Papa’s collection.   ‘Red Stave Chair’ is currently on display in the Eyelights Gallery on Level… Read more »

Squid star in the media

Hi everyone! Here are some of the news items that have played in NZ over the last couple of days for your viewing/listening pleasure. http://tvnz.co.nz/breakfast-news/breakfast-friday-december-12-2416405/video?vid=2416881 http://www.3news.co.nz/Gargantuan-squid-ready-for-its-public-debut/tabid/209/articleID/84084/cat/676/Default.aspx http://www.primetv.co.nz/Default.aspx?alias=www.primetv.co.nz/news     FYI – this link will only be live till 5pm tonight NZ time – the item is at 9:44 through the broadcast http://www.radionz.co.nz/national/programmes/checkpoint - an audio report scroll down… Read more »

2 days left to opening…

Almost there and I was rapt to get the finalised event programme for this weekend’s opening. Our events team have done an amazing job – balancing hard science with fun, informative events for all. Dr Steve O’Shea is back in the house talking about the importance of our specimen to the science world with TV3′s fishing… Read more »

Squeezing thru and settling in

  • © Copyright Museum of New Zealand Te Papa Tongarewa, 2008
  • There she is underneath the plastic © Copyright Museum of New Zealand Te Papa Tongarewa, 2008
  • Warren on the left, Tommy, right © Copyright Museum of New Zealand Te Papa Tongarewa, 2008
  • Warren on the left, Tommy, right © Copyright Museum of New Zealand Te Papa Tongarewa, 2008

We’re now in the museum, back of house. Usually the corridors are wide and spacious but this morning seemed a bit like the Tardis in reverse as we took the tank through – smaller. Part of the corridor involved not only a ramp down but a slight bend at the same time. The forklift at… Read more »

The Big Lift

  • Loading up the truck © Copyright Museum of New Zealand Te Papa Tongarewa, 2008
  • tory-move
  • Nuthin but air © Copyright Museum of New Zealand Te Papa Tongarewa, 2008
  • The tank inside the frame all good to go© Copyright Museum of New Zealand Te Papa Tongarewa, 2008

I have to admit – there’s something special about about getting up at an ungodly hour to do something or see something out of the ordinary. Driving this morning through a beautifully still Wellington morning with no traffic is something out of the ordinary in itself So it was exciting to see all the big… Read more »

Flying Squid – she’s on the move!

Morning squidlings! Its ALL GO! Its 4am and we’re moving the colossal squid in her tank (minus most of the preservative liquid) from Te Papa’s building at the top of Tory St – down about the 5 blocks to our main building at the bottom of Cable St. KEEP COMING back to this blog –… Read more »

Whales welcomed in Washington DC

Te Papa’s Whales Tohorā exhibition opened at the National Geographic Museum on 15 October with a traditional Māori dawn ceremony that blew Washington away! This was the same day Chile announced that its waters are now a whale sanctuary- that’s 5,500km of coastal waters protected from whale hunting for commercial or scientific purposes. A good day for… Read more »