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Colossal squid – happy birthday ‘two’ you

Pamela's squid, now 2 years old!

It’s hard to believe but the colossal squid at Te Papa has turned “two”. Time flies when you’re having fun! Today my squid, “Pamela”, is 730 days old – she is 2 years old.  She now weighs an impressive 306 kilograms (about another 180 kilograms to go before she’s the same weight as the colossal… Read more »

‘Pacific princess’ – one painting, so many stories

MP Charles Chauvel at the blessing for Poedua.

The blessing for the painting of Poedua (Poetua), a princess from the Society Islands, by John Webber (1751-1793) was a much needed bright spot at Te Papa last week – a week when New Zealand reeled from news of the Pike River mining disaster. This remarkable painting, recently purchased by Te Papa, has lots of stories to tell… Read more »

Matau: traditional hooks, innovative design

  • Composite hook. Oldman Collection. Copyright Te Papa. OL000105
  • Hei Matau. Copyright Te Papa. ME015518
  • Pä kahawai. Copyright Te Papa. ME013868
  • Bone matau. Copyright Te Papa. ME009305

An exhibition of Mäori fish-hooks (matau) made from wood, bone, stone, and shell opens at Te Papa on Saturday December 4th. While early European explorers considered these fish-hooks to be ‘ill-made’ and ‘of doubtful efficacy’, research has shown that the design was highly effective. Unlike modern steel hooks, the Mäori hooks were attached with fishing… Read more »

Digital inspiration – NDF Conference 2010

Digital inspiration for cultural institutions – museums, galleries and libraries -was in good supply at the recent National Digital Forum Conference 2010 held at Te Papa, 18-19 October 2010. This year’s keynote speakers were outstanding – witty, engaged and provocative. If you missed the conference, want to revisit their presentations or share them around, the recordings of… Read more »

Vivian Lynn talks about her work Guarden gates, 1982

Senior artist Vivian Lynn has for over sixty years been making critical and enquiring work. The recent selective survey I, HERE, NOW Vivian Lynn at the Adam Art Gallery Te Pātaka Toi, Victoria University of Wellington (25 October 2008-15 March 2009) curated by Christina Barton, offered a rich selection of over seventy works dating from… Read more »

Brian Brake online

Brake's iconic image of Milford Sound

Brian Brake is one of New Zealand’s best known photographers. His career covered the golden age of photojournalism  – his images featured in magazines around the world such as Life and Paris Match. He was passionate about New Zealand, the people and landscapes. Te Papa is very fortunate to have been gifted the Brake collection by Brake’s… Read more »

Slice of Heaven: 20th century Aotearoa – points of remembrance

Memorial to New Zealanders who lost their lives during World War One.

Only one day to go until the exhibition Slice of Heaven: 20th century Aotearoa opens. Just the last tweaks to do now and blessing of the exhibition space on Friday morning. But even before the public gets in to see it, the exhibition is stopping people in their tracks. An imposing, sombre, dark slice protrudes outwards from the exhibition,… Read more »

Paperskin exhibition – last two days

Hiapo, 1800s, Niue, Te Papa collection. Copyright Te Papa, 2010.

Paperskin – the art of tapa cloth is closing this weekend, on Sunday 12 September.  If you haven’t been to see these amazing tapa works, now is the time to come into Te Papa. It will also be your last chance for some time to see the 22 metre Tongan ngatu (tapa), made in 1953 to commemorate Queen Elizabeth… Read more »