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Zooming-in on New Zealand Storm-Petrel breeding sites

  • Chris Gaskin ready to release a New Zealand storm-petrel. Photo and copyright Dylan Owen.
  • Best haystack to date, who will find the needle? Little barrier seen from the north. Photo Jean-Claude Stahl, copyright Te Papa.
  • Off to a pleasant day at the office. Left to right: Dylan Owen, Jacinda Woolly, Chris Gaskin, Brett Rathe. Photo jean-Claude Stahl, copyright Te Papa.
  • Heading west from the Mokohinaus, with the Burgess island lighthouse in the background. Photo Jean-Claude Stahl, Te Papa.

Teamwork during a Te Papa funded charter trip in the Hauraki Gulf got us a step closer in the hunt for the breeding grounds of the recently rediscovered New Zealand Storm-Petrel (Pelaeornis maoriana). The search team included Te Papa researcher Jean-Claude Stahl, Chris Gaskin who is part of the New Zealand storm-petrel research group, and Brett Rathe… Read more »

Into the Southern Ocean

A fantastic sunrise at Terror Cove, Auckland Islands. Te Papa

It has been a few days since our last update. During this time, we have been island hopping on the way down to the Auckland Islands. After refuelling and restocking the food cupboards, we departed Bluff on a lovely sunny summer’s day, hoping that the good weather will to stay with us for the next… Read more »

Plant communities of Titi Island, Marlborough Sounds

  • Windswept scrub of mountain flax, five finger, akiraho and fierce lancewood on a north facing clifftop. Photograph by Jean-Claude Stahl, Te Papa.
  • Cook’s scurvy grass. Photograph by Jean-Claude Stahl, Te Papa.
  • Cook’s scurvy grass. Photograph by Jean-Claude Stahl, Te Papa.
  • Juvenile fierce lancewood in dry ridge forest. Photograph by Jean-Claude Stahl, Te Papa.

Titi Island is a 32 hectare slab of schistose tuff and sandstone tilted upwards towards the north, with a moderately steep forested slope opening up to a breathtaking façade of high cliffs overlooking Cook Strait. Shearwater surveys on the island in January provided an opportunity to record local plant communities. A summary of the vegetation… Read more »

January in History

Happy New year all!  I hope you all had a good holiday break and had your cameras out snapping away.  Maybe your images will one day be part of the Museum collection……you never know.    I’ve been doing a lot of image research lately around significant events, where an image is used to assist in… Read more »

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 »