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Sunfish science – live!

Exciting news! Tomorrow you can watch our scientists as they work on our rare sunfish specimen – live. From 2.30pm (NZ time) on 13 Aug 2013 Te Papa’s scientists will be carrying out research – and you can watch it online. Go to: http://webcast.tepapa.govt.nz/mediasite/catalog/catalogs/SunFish Join in! Te Papa’s scientists will be conducting research on our sunfish specimen… Read more »

You’re probably aware by now, Te Papa’s scientists are conducting research on our sunfish specimen on 13 August 2013. We’ll be live-blogging and sharing the scientists’ findings through Facebook and Twitter. It’s a fantastic opportunity to sit in as scientists do their research on these rarely seen animals. What will happen to the sunfish after… Read more »

11 fascinating sunfish facts

  • Close-up of the sunfish's mouth (beak covered by tarpaulin). Photographer: Michael Hall © Te Papa
  • Andrew Stewart, Te Papa's lead scientist on the sunfish project. Photographer: Michael Hall © Te Papa
  • Te Papa scientists lifting the heavy sunfish. Photographer: Michael Hall © Te Papa
  • Taking a closer look at the sunfish. Photographer: Michael Hall © Te Papa

Te Papa recently received a rare sunfish specimen from Auckland Museum, so we decided to find out more about these mysterious ocean-dwelling animals. Here are our fascinating facts: 1.Sunfish don’t have a tail! Some people call them a ‘gigantic swimming head’ (which seems a bit rude). Instead of a tail their dorsal and anal fins… Read more »

What’s fishy, heavy, rarely seen and now at Te Papa? A sunfish – the world’s heaviest bony fish! This is a common sunfish, also called an ocean sunfish. Our specimen is the rarer sharp-tailed sunfish. When Andrew Stewart got an email with some very exciting pictures from Tom Trnski at Auckland Museum on the 14th… Read more »

Earthquake expert Q&A

With all the earthquake related activity in central New Zealand going on at the moment, we took the opportunity to put your questions about what’s going on under our feet to our resident Subject Expert – Earth Science, Hamish Campbell from GNS Science. Q: Did the January-May slow-slip event influence the Seddon sequence in any… Read more »

POP gets ready to pop!

Custom Components welding our promotional stand. © Open Lab

The past week has been an exciting week for Warhol: POP – Open Lab’s collaboration with Te Papa in response to Warhol: Immortal. Tickets have gone on sale, the Facebook page has launched, and our hype video has been released! We’ve been busy finalising our designs for promoting the event and building the components for… Read more »

Designing POP: The Warhol Factory experience in the 21st Century

Glowing balloons create an interactive space before people step into the elevators. © Open Lab

A group of eight students from MasseyUniversity in Wellington have this amazing opportunity to work with Te Papa and Open Lab, to deliver a youth focused event which responds to the Warhol: Immortal exhibition. Open Lab is a design studio within Massey University. Open Lab is a collaborative environment and practice, where specialist and emergent… Read more »

Te Aka Matua Reading Room opens

Te Aka Matua Reading Room Photographer: Norm Heke © Te Papa

The Te Aka Matua Reading Room was blessed and reopened in its stunning new space on Te Papa’s Level 4 mezzanine on the 28th June. It  is a welcoming, comfortable area to work in, it contains the non-science rare book collections, museology books, Carter Collection and many other resources.   The Reading Room also holds a special and unique… Read more »

Phar Lap’s DNA

Te Papa Conservator Robert Clendon removes Phar Lap’s skull from the rest of the skeleton, before extracting one of the incisor teeth. Photo Jean-Claude Stahl. © Te Papa.

Earlier this year, Te Papa received a request from scientists in Australia for a tooth sample from legendary race horse Phar Lap. The scientists are hoping to extract DNA from the tooth.  Then they will be able to compare Phar Lap’s DNA with other horses. Press release from the scientists attempting to obtain Phar Lap’s… Read more »