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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 »

Lights, Camera, Action for the Great White Shark

  • White shark dissection 28 June 2011, Jean-Claude Stahl - Te Papa
  • White shark dissection 28 June 2011, Jean-Claude Stahl - Te Papa
  • White shark dissection 28 June 2011, Jean-Claude Stahl - Te Papa
  • White shark dissection 28 June 2011, Jean-Claude Stahl - Te Papa

On Tuesday 28 June, the Great White Shark debuted on his first film set, defrosted and ready for action. Andrew Stewart, Collection Manager Fishes managed the team in preparing the shark for its fixing process and dissection with great excitement of what could be discovered. Over the course of the day, a full set of… Read more »

Kermadec marine biodiscovery – a survey and inventory of marine biodiversity

Zebra lionfish Dendrochirus zebra photo. Photograph by M. Francis, reproduced courtesy of Auckland Museum

Te Papa is a collaborative partner with Auckland Museum in this important expedition to intensively sample and survey the fishes of the remote Kermadec Islands. The Te Papa fish team is participating because of their unique specialised skills in collecting and identifying fishes underwater on scuba in the wild, as well as their ship-based photographic… Read more »

Joining the Kermadec expedition

Our Fish team will join a team of 15 researchers travelling to the Kermadec Islands (around 1000km north east of NZ) for three weeks to collect new specimens, hopefully identify new species and learn about one of the most pristine (and isolated) marine environments in the world. Also on the expedition is a team from Auckland Museum… Read more »

More kids at Te Papa for Matariki

Students from Petone Central School in the Starlab.

June is a busy month at Te Papa – it’s Matariki. And this year it’s going to be especially busy for the Education team! Our Term 2 Education programmes are fully booked this year with over 2500 students attending our Matariki education programme alone. This number includes: 916 students who will visit us because of… Read more »

Colossal squid on display gets check-up

  • Robert and Don examine the mantle of the colossal squid.
  • Don lifts the lid on the squid tank.
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  • The lid is lifted off the squid tank.

We can all do with a check-up every so often – just to ensure things are going ok and we’re not falling apart. Today our team took the lid off the colossal squid tank and started to drain out the preservation fluid so we can give the colossal squid a check-up. We last had the lid off… Read more »

Crown Lynn: Crockery of Distinction (with a touch of sauciness)

This weekend the City Gallery, Wellington opens Crown Lynn: Crockery of Distinction, a celebration of New Zealand’s most iconic home ware producers. Drawing on public and private collections, the exhibition ‘considers the company’s vital role in a history of home-grown creativity, international influence and innovative design, and the nature of collecting itself’. Understanding New Zealander’s… Read more »

Campbell Island Bicentennial Expedition

  • Sea lion. Photos reproduced courtesy of Campbell Island Bicentennial Expedition
  • Nets set up to see what small creatures might be swept off the land and into the atmosphere – to be transported across the oceans! Photo reproduced courtesy of Campbell Island Bicentennial Expedition
  • Megaherbs on Campbell Island. Photo reproduced courtesy of Campbell Island Bicentennial Expedition
  • Collecting aquatic invertebrates. Photo reproduced courtesy of Campbell Island Bicentennial Expedition

Right now, on New Zealand’s southernmost island group, a team of 11 researchers and their support crew are wandering around the cold, windswept Campbell Island, studying the island’s rich ecology and history, and its recovery from decades of grazing and the world’s largest island rat eradication. And you can follow what they are doing day… Read more »

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 »