Posts written by Te Papa

Meet the photographers of NZ Birds Online #6 – Craig McKenzie

Adult spotted shag in flight with nesting material. Otago Peninsula, July 2010. Photographer: Craig McKenzie © Craig McKenzie, courtesy NZ Birds Online

Packed full of stunning pictures, detailed information and beautiful bird calls, NZ Birds Online is an online encyclopaedia of birds created in collaboration between Te Papa, DOC and OSNZ. We’re indebted to the photographers who’ve shared their images with us – and now the world! Joining us for our Meet the photographers series is Craig McKenzie, discussing the perils of too much tea whilst bird spotting…. Read more »

Petrus van der Velden died in Auckland one hundred years ago today, destitute and far from his native Netherlands. He had arrived in Christchurch in the summer of 1890-91, the beginning of a decade credited with changing the path of New Zealand’s painting. Already an established artist, whose work and attitude had impressed the young… Read more »

Bridging the gap: Monet and American artists at Giverny

Claude Monet (1840-1926), The water lily pond, 1900, oil on canvas, Museum of Fine Arts, Boston. Given in memory of Governor Alvan T Fuller by the Fuller Foundation, 1961 (61.959)

In 1883, Monet moved to the village of Giverny, downstream along the Seine from Vétheuil, retreating further from the hustle and bustle of modern life in Paris. In the late 1880s increased sales of his work through the dealer Paul Durand-Ruel’s gallery enabled him to purchase a house and modest estate. There, in a plot… Read more »

WearableArt™ Windows: Lia – Queen Margaret College

The Kowhai flowers used for inspiration by Lia. Photographer: Te Papa, © Te Papa

Our second to last of the WearableArt™ themed windows series features Lia of Queen Margaret College and her take on the Kowhai flower. My name is Lia Penny and I am currently in Year 13 studying Materials Technology at Queen Margaret College. I am thrilled to have been given the opportunity to make a wearable… Read more »

WearableArt™ Windows: Maia – Wellington High School

Maia's design sketches. © Maia Holder-Monk

Our WearableArt™ themed windows series continues with Maia from Wellington High School and another take on the Longhorn Beetle image from yesterday. My name is Maia Holder-Monk and I am in Year 13 student studying Fashion Technology at Wellington High School. The photo of the Longhorn Beetle jumped out at me with its vivid colours… Read more »

WearableArt™ Windows: Rosie – Queen Margaret College

The Bumblebee that Rosie used for inspiration. Photographer: Te Papa, © Te Papa

Our WearableArt™ themed windows series continues today with Rosie from Queen Margaret College and her take on a black bumblebee. My name is Rosie Reid and I am a year 13 student, studying materials technology at Queen Margret College. I enjoy the innovation and creativity associated with this subject, so being given the opportunity to… Read more »

WearableArt™ Windows: Jess – Queen Margaret College

The Longhorn Beetle used for Maia's inspiration. Photographer: Te Papa, © Te Papa

Our series on our WearableArt™ themed windows at our Te Papa Stores continues with Jess from Queen Margaret College. My name is Jessica Bunnell and I’m a year 13 Queen Margaret student studying fashion technology. For my 2013 NCEA Materials Technology project, I was very privileged to be given the opportunity to make a WOW… Read more »