Posts categorized as Exhibitions

This way up – Kura Pounamu to Beijing

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Kura Pounamu is Te Papa’s first exhibition of Maori Taonga in China since the National Museum sent Maori artifacts in 1978. The mutual appreciation of ‘green stone’ jadite (jade) and nephrite (pounamu) provided an ideal platform for re-establishing a cultural exchange. The exhibition required ease of installation and minimal object handling to ensure the safety… Read more »

Rātana Church and Mita Ririnui: The Colours of Service

  • Filming Mita Ririnui in Te Papa studio. June 2012. Photographer Puawai Cairns, copyright Te Papa Tongarewa 2012.
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  • Decoding the Āpotoro Rēhita robes

ME024090; Āpotoro Rēhita Haahi Rātana Kākahu (Registered Apostle Ratana Church religious clothing) Continuing the blogging about some of the key uniforms and acquisitions for the Uniformity exhibition, this blog is going to talk about one of my favourite uniforms in the show: the robes of an Āpotoro Rēhita from the Rātana Church and a uniform… Read more »

Game Masters – This Way Up!

Game Masters – This Way Up! Great interview about Te Papa’s newest exhibition, Game Masters, exploring gaming history since the Seventies, on National Radio’s This Way Up with Phil Louie, Host Supervisor, and Kristelle Plimmer, Concept Developer. Aired 22 December, 2012.

Old School Gaming with Game Masters

Phil, Games Master Supervisor,  Photo: Maraea Rihari.  © Te Papa.

My love of gaming began in 1982, Cobham Court, Porirua, in the smoke-filled, illicit depths of the local gaming arcade that existed solely to extract as many twenty cent coins from me as possible.  There, I learned to quickly jimmy the coin slot with a wire to wring a free game from the machine when… Read more »

December 1941: This month last century

Seventy one years ago, New Zealand declares war on Japan after the bombing of the US naval bases at Pearl Harbour, Hawaii (8 December 1941) The bombing of Pearl Harbour set the Pacific War in motion. This event and Japan’s subsequent expansion through the Philippines, Thailand and the Malaysian peninsula, followed by the capture of… Read more »

Birds of a feather

  • Page from the British Museum's 1970 guide for collectors on preparing bird skins.
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  • DEAD SET | MIROMIRO SCARF, digital print on silk/cotton
  • DEAD SET | KOTARE CUSHION, Digital print on hemp / organic cotton

The Te Papa Store has just taken possession of a range of new stock inspired by the museum’s natural history collection. Dead Set is by textile designer Genevieve Packer, and is based on Te Papa’s haunting and strange collection of bird skins.   For the novice, of which I am in the case of natural history, bird skins are… Read more »

Redcoated ancestor

  • Sergeant John Smith Jackson, late 1880s-90s. Photograph courtesy of Beatrice Jackson and Pat McAllister.
  • The tunic on display in 'Uniformity', level 4, Te Papa.
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  • Graham Jackson and Matt Raines checking out Sergeant John Smith Jackson’s uniform, 2012.

Graham Jackson and his grandson Mathew Jackson Raines were thrilled to see the uniform of their ancestor Sergeant John Smith Jackson (1870-1963) on display in Uniformity: Cracking the dress code at Te Papa recently. Sergeant Jackson is Graham’s grandfather and Matt’s great-great grandfather. As a young man, John Smith Jackson joined the Gordon Highlanders – a… Read more »

Behind the scenes at Deep NZ

Bizarre blobfish, toothy sharks and curious coral can all be found at Te Papa this summer! Our host team got a sneak peek behind the scenes at the new Deep NZ exhibition before it opened to the public, with a fantastic talk given by Rick Webber, the curator of the exhibition. Full of weird and… Read more »

This month last century: November 1919

93 years ago the first health camp opens at Turakina (25 November 1919) New Zealand’s first health camp was founded by Dr Elizabeth Gunn.  The first group of 55 children stayed in tents for three weeks. Gunn had been a military doctor, and brought this experience with her to the running of the camps. The camp… Read more »

From the Our Space engine room……

Scrolling through the thousands of images you have sent us over the past few years there are certain favourites that continue to delight not just the moderators but the majority of visitors too. You will probably know them already – we see the perennials constantly returning to the ‘most viewed’ images on the Wall. Possibly… Read more »