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Oilspill update

Red-billed gull oiled at Maketu. Photograph by and reproduced courtesy of Dominique Filippi

Dead oiled wildlife continues to be collected from Bay of Plenty beaches, and the Te Papa Natural Environment team has been assisting with the Wildlife Recovery Centres activities of documenting and recovering species affected by the oil. The species found oiled include the many birds which nest in the Bay of Plenty: most birds returned… Read more »

Len Castle, 1924-2011

With the recent death of Len Castle, New Zealand has lost one of its greatest potters who developed a long and innovative approach to clay that can be bound up in the search for national identity. Castle began working with clay from 1947 experimenting with commercial clays and Westmere beach sand. He was a natural,… Read more »

Bay of Plenty oilspill – Potential for impacts on seabird populations

New Zealand marine areas are home to a wide variety of wildlife, with many unique and threatened species inhabiting our waters. New Zealand’s title as World Seabird Capital is unchallenged, with 1/3 of the worlds’ 346 species present in the New Zealand Exclusive Economic Zone, including ½ of the 22 albatross species of the world. A… Read more »

Burton puppets back on show!

A wonderful group of puppets, made and used by the Burton Theatre of Puppets, are about to go on display in the Inspiration Station Discovery Centre at Te Papa. From the 5th October a new generation of children are set to be inspired by puppets used in a show called ‘The Samurai’. The Burton Theatre… Read more »

The global penguin – Part 7. The wandering emperor penguin enters the technological age

  • Applying super glue. Photograph by Susan Waugh. © Te Papa
  • Dominique Filippi showing where the logger will be attached. © Te Papa.
  • Dominique Filippi showing the logging device. Photograph by Susan Waugh. © Te Papa.
  • Happy Feet getting the logger glued to his back. Photograph by Susan Waugh. © Te Papa.

The celebrity Emperor Penguin at Wellington Zoo had a satellite tracking device fitted yesterday in preparation for his trip towards colder climes during the coming week. The bird will be transported to south of 50 degrees on the NIWA research vessel Tangaroa this week. Sirtrack  Ltd had developed one of their line of specialist wildlife tracking devices… Read more »

Isabel McIlraith – Textile Conservation Volunteer

This week we heard with sadness that Isabel McIlraith has passed away at the age of 104 years. For many years Isabel was one of a small band of volunteers working with Valerie Carson in the Conservation Unit, helping to care for the Te Papa textile collections. She will be remembered here with gratitude not… Read more »