Posts written by Lucy Hoffman

Te Papa seabird researchers in the field

  • Flesh footed shearwater seen in its burrow with a burrowscope. Photograph by Jean-Claude Stahl. © Te Papa
  • Te Papa team landing at Titi Island Quarantine requirements mean packaging all food and gear into rat-proof boxes. Photograph by Jean-Claude Stahl. © Te Papa
  • Tuatara sourced from the Brothers were introduced to the island. Photograph by Jean-Claude Stahl. © Te Papa
  • Susan Waugh (right) and Simon Hayward (left) burrowscoping shearwater burrows at Titi Island. Photograph by Jean-Claude Stahl. © Te Papa

Te Papa researchers are studying wildlife populations in the field to find out about their diversity and behaviours, distribution and threats, with a programme of research on the shearwaters found nesting in New Zealand. We were privileged to visit Titi Island in the outer Pelorus Sound (Marlborough) for our summer field programme. Titi Island on Google maps … Read more »

Hey Museum kids… meet Kahu the Kea!

Kahu meets the kids from Tai Tamariki Kindergarten

Kahu the Kea is making his big debut tomorrow at Te Papa. He’ll be emerging from his secret nest behind Te Papa’s Kids Store at 2pm Saturday and Sunday. Your kids will love Kahu! Kahu’s on  Facebook too. And if you Like him  you can go in to win a $200 prize pack from the… Read more »

Fieldtrip to Patea

  • Bruce and Simon checking out the fossils in the Waverley Shellbed, north of the settlement at Waverley Beach. The trunks of the fossil trees from the drowned forest can be seen in the distance (Kristelle, 5/12/2010)
  • Bruce at the Waverley Shellbed
  • Bruce Marshall
  • Patea Field Collection Decembe3r 4 and 5

Last weekend, 4 and 5 December,  Bruce Marshall (Te Papa’s resident malacologist and Collection Manager Mollusca) and Simon Whittaker (Manager, Te Papa Collections) visited Kristelle Plimmer (Curator, Aotea Utanganui – Museum of South Taranaki) in Patea, and the three of them collected minute land snails (24 species found) and specimens of a minute freshwater snail… Read more »

Christmas in Te Papa’s Collection

New Zealand scenery, 1960s - 1980s, Brian Brake

An angel, mistletoe and pohutukawa are the beginnings of Kirstie’s Christmas in the Collections ‘Advent’ calendar. Each day, Kirstie chooses and adds an object to the page. This is the second year our curators have found Christmas-sy stuff in Collections Online. I love it as it is a very diffent way to look at our… Read more »

Reactive Architecture is beautiful

I just went to the opening of Reactive Architecture and I am blown away. It really is beautiful …and intriguing…. and thought provoking… and fun! The exhibition plays with notions of machines and buildings reacting to light and movement and environment. There was a great moment in the opening blessing where notions of machine and… Read more »

If I were a squid, how would I mate? Ask Isabella

  • rossalinigreen
  • A Squidie embrace
  • Isabella Rossellini as a Squid
  • Isabella Rossellini as a squid

In a passionate 20-armed-embrace Isabella Rosselli would say. Clad in a squid suit, Isabella explains the mating habits of our cephalopod friends in her quirky, family-friendly Green Porno series of short movies on SunDance Channel.  I was amazed at how well she explains squid mating habits – they are quite strange and not really much… Read more »