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Community art projects

Victory Primary School in Nelson Whakatū has put together an Art Trail which features Rerekētanga Diversity, an art work created in collaboration with Te Papa. Rerekētanga Diversity represents the cultural diversity of the Victory Community as well as the multiculturalism of New Zealand as a whole. Back in 2010, two Discovery Centre Hosts travelled down… Read more »

Crazy about kākā? We have the website for you!

  • Kakapo. Adult male (Sirocco). Maud Island, 2007. Image © Dylan van Winkel by Dylan van Winkel
  • Spotted shag Philip Griffin
  • North Island saddleback Philip Griffin
  • Male bellbird Peter Reese

Are you crazy about kākā? Smitten by stitchbirds? Wild about weka? NZ Birds Online is the website for you! Created in collaboration between Te Papa, DOC and OSNZ, NZ Birds Online is an online encyclopaedia of birds packed full of stunning pictures, detailed information and beautiful bird calls. Take a look at some of the… Read more »

Art Detective – an investigation into art

Art under investigation. Photographer: Kim Gustavsson © Te Papa

The Art Detective is a new family trail project, which has been running as a trial since Te Papa’s re-developed art galleries Ngā Toi | Arts Te Papa (Level 5) opened during Easter this year. The Art Detective is aimed at 7-11 year olds and their various detective partners (parents, siblings, carers). It takes you… Read more »

Warhol: Immortal Pop Up Pop Art!

The ‘Pop Up Pop Art’ event celebrated the launch of the visiting Andy Warhol exhibition, Warhol: Immortal, opening tomorrow at Te Papa. Photos from Flickr Warhol: Immortal, a set on Flickr. This community art project was devised to create excitement around Warhol: Immortal, and celebrate the life and work of Andy Warhol. The initiative was… Read more »

Mirek Smisek (1925–2013)

It is with sadness that we farewell the distinguished New Zealand potter Mirek Smisek, who passed away last week. Mirek’s life was dedicated to his craft. He began working with clay in Sydney, after having left his devastated homeland, Czechoslovakia, at the end of World War II. Mirek consolidated his passion for pottery when he moved to… Read more »

What’s going on behind the scenes: an update

Science, Library Services and Managing Risk to our Collections You may have seen the story about Te Papa on Campbell Live on Monday night which questioned our commitment to Science, and the future of our collections. Some of the points made in the story were misleading and inaccurate and this communication is to provide some clarification…. Read more »

What’s going on behind the scenes

There’s been some publicity about Te Papa lately and in particular our commitment to science and the future of the National Collections.  Just so we’re all clear, here are the facts. Te Papa’s commitment to science hasn’t changed, in fact we are strengthening it.  We have not reduced our numbers of practising and researching scientists… Read more »

Three Kings Expedition collects yellow weever, a new record for the area

Three Kings Expedition collects yellow weever, Parapercis gilliesi (family Pinguipedidae), a new record for the area, 13 April 2013. Te Papa

By Clive Roberts The Te Papa fish team currently has two members participating in the Three Kings Islands Marine Expedition. Skilled in fieldwork techniques, collecting, photographing and preserving fishes, Vincent Zintzen and Jeremy Barker are busy underwater surveying and sampling fishes, invertebrates and algae with colleagues during the day, and are up late at night… Read more »

Thinking on Petrus van der Velden and the Rijksmuseum

Last weekend, on Saturday the 13th April 2013, the Rijksmuseum in Amsterdam reopened to the public after a decade of renovations. Imagine that, ten years to perfect your vision and build a new experience for the visitor from the ground up. The Rijksmuseum is an iconic art museum that is home to an impressive array… Read more »