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Hei Tiki journey to the heart of Chinese Jade culture

人形项饰-海蒂基远涉重洋来到中国这个古老的玉文化国度 Te Papa’s exhibition “Kura Pounamu: Treasured Jade Art of Aotearoa New Zealand” opens on 1 April at Liangzhu Museum, Hangzhou, China. Liangzhu Museum is located in the heart of one of the largest and most significant jade archaeological sites in China dating back over 5000 years. 新西兰国家博物馆-蒂帕帕关于“毛利碧玉:新西兰文化艺术珍品展”即将于今年4月1日在中国杭州市的良渚博物院展出。 良渚博物院座落于中国最大的也是最显著的玉文化遗址区,良渚玉文化有超过5千年的历史。

Sweden and modernism in New Zealand: identifying connections

  • Webbing provided comfort for the sitter within the bentwood laminated structure
  • The ‘jon jansen’ stamp appears on the inside of the back rail
  • Impressed marks show the signature of Mathsson and the manufacturer DUX
  • Work Chair by Bruno Mathsson

When Te Papa purchased Easy Chair two years ago, we acquired it for its associations with modernism and with the Auckland store jon jansen. But we wanted to verify the designer. Detailed research – surveying design publications, comparing similar chairs, identifying woods – finally led me to the original Swedish designer. Jon jansen made and… Read more »

Whales in New York

  • Installation shots of Whales:Giants of the Deep, on at the American Museum of Natural History in New York
  • Installation shots of Whales:Giants of the Deep, on at the American Museum of Natural History in New York
  • Installation shots of Whales:Giants of the Deep, on at the American Museum of Natural History in New York
  • Installation shots of Whales:Giants of the Deep, on at the American Museum of Natural History in New York

Te Papa’s exhibition Whales:Giants of the Deep opens at the American Museum of Natural History in New York on Saturday 23 March. This blockbuster exhibition has been seen by over 1 million visitors during its  4 year tour in North America. Over 350,000 people visited the exhibition in Chicago alone. Media interest is strong with… Read more »

For the love games and … wiggling

  • Michelle Wylie and Chris Parnell wiggle their way to victory at December’s Premium Experience.
  • Module and the boys of the Interrupt Collective prepare for battle at Module Live: The Music of Shatter. Image by Big Mark Photography
  • Valentines Date night with a difference.. and a Welsh/Samoan Comedian. Image by Big Mark Photography
  • The local Asari occupy Te Papa’s Wellington Foyer at Game Masters opening day events, with event producer Te Arikirangi Mamaku

By Te Arikirangi Mamaku, Game Masters event producer As the countdown to 2013 quickly approached, our Summer exhibition season of Game Masters opened with a mini-invasion of aliens, super-soldiers, fantasy elves, Norse gods, and stormtroopers. Unsuspecting visitors encountered face-epainting fairies and a magician who immortalised giant heads on teeny tiny bodies. It was too much… Read more »

Do you use Facebook? We need your help!

A group of university students are performing a study involving Te Papa’s social media use and they need your help. They have put this survey together, which will be open until Wednesday 13 February: EDIT: The survey is now closed. A big thank you to all of you who took the time to complete it…. Read more »

Game Masters – The Forum announced

Masaya Matsuura, of NanaOn-Sha (Japan)

Game Masters – The Forum taking place on March 4–5th at Te Papa in Wellington, brings together game developers, artists, educators, researchers, and filmmakers. The goal of the forum is to share knowledge and expand awareness of game development opportunities – both in New Zealand and abroad. ‘Attendees will shatter the stereotypes of games and discover… Read more »

Building Wellington’s biggest ever gingerbread house

Gingerbread house from a Te Papa kitset

This stunning house was baked by Te Papa’s Executive Chef, Bernd Lippmann. It’s the biggest ever made in Wellington! Check out the time-lapse video to see how it was done. The tradition started in Germany, where witches have long used gingerbread as a building material. In 1812, the brothers Grimm broke this news when they… Read more »

Weta Workshop’s Cave Trolls captivate Te Papa

Weta Cave Trolls in Wellington Foyer. Te Papa.

Standing 3.6m tall, these impressive fibreglass troll sculptures were created by the original filmartists at Weta Workshop. William (on the left), Tom (ready to stomp) and Bert, first met their adoring audience at San Diego Comic-Con in July 2012. They then journeyed to Wellington to greet guests on the red carpet at the World Premiere of The… Read more »