Posts categorized as Events

Proof is in the … pic of you in the car!

View of the TRS showcar on Level 2, from Level 4. © Te Papa, 2009.

The Te Papa events are rockin! There are so many people are having a blast – seeing the F1 cars up in the exhibition on Level 4, checking out the big Toyota Racing Series transporter truck parked out front, marvelling at the curious 2-seater (there aint that many 2-seaters around the world I can tell… Read more »

Blue Friday at Te Papa

  • © Te Papa, 2009.
  • © Te Papa, 2009.
  • © Te Papa, 2009.
  • © Te Papa, 2009.

Last Friday (25  September) was designated Blue Friday, part of the bigger Blue September to help raise awareness of prostate cancer here in New Zealand – about 600 men die of this disease every year. Not good! People from around New Zealand were encouraged to wear blue, decorate in blue to help raise this awareness as… Read more »

Bob, Chris and Michael give their views

  • Bob McMurray & Michael Clark at the Ferrari F2004. Copyright Te Papa 2009.
  • Bob, Chris, and Michael dicussing the MP4-4. Copyright Te Papa 2009.
  • The papaya-orange McLaren M7A. Copyright Te Papa 2009.
  • The floortalk fans surround the experts and the M7A. Copyright Te Papa 2009.

Te Papa is thrilled to have former Formula One great, Chris Amon along with commentator Bob McMurray (who was with McLaren for a number of years) and motorsport historian Michael Clark sharing their vast knowledge and views on Formula One as well as particular tidbits on the cars (and sometimes their drivers) featured in the Formula One… Read more »

National Digital Forum – subsidy for small organisations

The annual National Digital Forum conference is taking place in Wellington on November 23-24 at the Museum of New Zealand Te Papa Tongarewa. It’s going to be a good conference. We have some exciting international speakers lined up including Nina Simon Experience Designer, and author of the Museum 2.0 blog and Daniel Incandela from the… Read more »

Dr Seddon Bennington memorial

Dr Seddon Bennington, 2003.

Chief Executive Officer, Museum of New Zealand Te Papa Tongarewa 2003–2009. ‘What I’ve enjoyed most is developing the relevance of what happens inside the museum for the public.’ (Dr Bennington, 2003) E te Rangatira Seddon – He Poroporoaki He reo noa ka kore e rongohia e tangi ana i roto i Te Papa Tongarewa. Kua… Read more »

Winter weather can’t keep kaumātua away!

Te Hokowhitu a Tu perform at Te Papa in 2008. © Te Papa, 2008

Flooding and storms aren’t enough to stop pakeke (elders) from the East Coast from making their way down to Wellington to perform at Kaumātua Kapa Haka at Te Papa this weekend.   Senior Maori performing artists from Te Hokowhitu a Tu have had to leave earlier than planned to dodge road restrictions in the region…. Read more »

Kaumātua Kapa Haka at Te Papa goes global, 11 & 12 July

Kuia from South Taranaki performing the poi at Te Papa (2008). © Te Papa.

The final weekend of the 2009 Matariki Festival at Te Papa is by no means the least with the return of the popular Kaumātua Kapa Haka, proudly supported by TelstraClear and NZ Post. These senior performing artists performed at last year’s Matariki Festival and this year they are going global! Can’t make it to Te… Read more »

New Zealand’s dinosaur expert passes away

  • Dinosaur toe bone found by Joan Wiffen
  • Dinosaur toe bone found by Joan Wiffen
  • Dinosaur toe bone found by Joan Wiffen
  • Dinosaur toe bone, Museum of New Zealand Te Papa Tonagarewa

Joan Wiffen, who found hard evidence that dinosaurs had inhabited New Zealand, died this month aged 87. I’m not a scientist, but I do have an interest in the history of science, and even I can see that Wiffen made historically significant and far-reaching contributions to scientific thinking. First findings In 1975, Wiffen found something remarkable in a remote stream… Read more »

The ups and downs of the museum world

Greetings from the mid-West and MW2009. I’ve spent the last 6 days in Indianapolis being overstimulated at the Museums and the Web 2009 conference. When I’m  back at my work desk in a few weeks I’ll share the things I’ve learned, and do some things to put the ideas into action! At the Best of… Read more »