Posts written by lucindablackley

Earthquake update from Dr Hamish Campbell, GNS

Kia ora kotou Dr Hamish Campell has just sent through an article he has written for the NZ Herald. The text is reproduced in full below. Hamish is Senior Scientist at GNS Science and is Te Papa’s geological advisor. Bill Fry, GNS Science Seismologist, also explains Tuesday’s catastrophic events in this excellent video. “The 22 February… Read more »

Christchurch earthquake

Our deepest sympathies go out to everyone in Christchurch. Many of our staff here have families and whanau down there – we’re thinking of you all, and hoping for good news. I’ve been in touch with our expert Dr Hamish Campbell at GNS. Although he’s at the thick of things, he did dash off this… Read more »

The Brunner mine disaster

Dave McMillan (West Coast Historical and Mechanical Society Board member), Julia Bradshaw (Interpretation Manager), myself (Lucinda Blackley) and Jackie Gurden (Redevelopment Project Manager) at Shantytown.

The tragic news from the Pike River mine has put me in mind of another mining disaster on the West Coast.  In 1896 sixty-five workers were killed at the Brunner mine after a methane-gas explosion. It was New Zealand’s worst industrial accident. On the morning of 26th March, 1896, an explosion ripped through the mine…. Read more »

Check out Cannes film talent at Te Papa

Garry Watson of Torere, Te Kaha, and of Tainui and Ngāi Tai descent, shares the landscape that saved and healed him. Still from the film 'My Place', Blood Earth Fire Whangai Whenua Ahi Kā exhibition, directed by Mark Albiston, copyright Te Papa 2006

Big congratulations to Wellington film director Mark Albiston, who won this Monday 25 May special mention at the Cannes Film Festival for his short film ‘The Six Dollar Fifty Man’. Two years ago he also received special mention for his short film ‘Run’. Mark’s worked with the Interpretive team at Te Papa on several occasions,… Read more »