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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 »

Catch the online debate – How will technology change the way we live and learn?

Join in on New Zealand’s first on-line live policy debate on Tuesday 31 March at 7.30pm NZ time. You can register on the new site – ‘Think Tech’  http://www.thinktech.co.nz   You’ll be able to listen to the debate on-line and send in comments and questions for the panel in real time. Eight New Zealanders will debate live on-line, the effects… Read more »

Treaty Debate: The Māori seats in Parliament

What do you think of the Māori seats in Parliament? On Thursday 5 February @ 6.30 – 8 p.m. two speakers will deal with this provocative issue – The role of Māori in Parliament and the future of the Māori seats. Professor Philip Joseph and Derek Fox will discuss this topic as part of Te Papa’s annual Treaty Debate series. Join… Read more »