Posts categorized as Museums

20 millionth visitor to Te Papa

Eliza Jost with Michael Houlihan and Michelle Hippolite. Te Papa

Yesterday morning at around 10.45am, Te Papa reached a milestone achievement of 20 million visitors since opening in 1998. Congratulations to Eliza Jost, the 20,000,000th visitor to Te Papa. Eliza, originally from Sydney, has been in Wellington for six years and performing as a ballerina with the Royal New Zealand Ballet. “I’m overwhelmed!” beamed Eliza, “Thank you… Read more »

Caring for museum collections in a molecular world

Leon and Lara in the Te Papa's collections. Photo Carlos Lehnebach.Te Papa

Museums are embracing technologies, such as DNA sequencing, to both enhance understanding of their collections and showcase scientific research to the public.  Many museums around the world now have molecular laboratories.  DNA sequencing has many useful applications for museum research; for example, it can be used to distinguish new species, determine the evolutionary relationships between… Read more »

Te Papa researcher’s major contribution to NZ biodiversity inventory

Te Papa taxonomists whos work was instrumental in describing over 80% of the animal groups for New Zealand

Te Papa scientists figure prominently among the 238 researchers who have contributed to a major new publication: The Inventory of New Zealand Biodiversity.  The third and final volume of this 12-year project was launched at Te Papa yesterday, and celebrated the work of scientists from 19 countries, cataloguing over 56,000 species. The work was brought… Read more »

W F Gordon’s Taranaki land war photographs

Early last century, New Plymouth man William Gordon assembled a photographic record of people (both Māori and European) who served in the New Zealand Wars of the 1860s. The Dominion Museum (Te Papa’s second predecessor) purchased the photographs in 1916 as part of the Gordon Collection. Recently, I have been working on improving the documentation… Read more »

Te Papa Honours 40 Years of New Zealand Chinese Diplomacy

Mr Jia Qingling and Hon Dr Pita Sharple sharing a hongi on Te Papa's Marae. Photograph courtesy of the Xinhua News Agency.

新西兰国家博物馆庆祝新西兰与中国建交40周年 As the New Zealand and Chinese Governments mark the fortieth anniversary of bilateral diplomatic relations, the National Museums of New Zealand and China are set to strengthen the bonds of the two cultures as they prepare to exchange exhibitions. An announcement about forthcoming exchanges was made when Te Papa welcomed His Excellency Mr Jia… Read more »

Help Save our Services at Te Papa

Save our Services

The story so far Wellington City Councillors, while preparing budgets for the city’s long-term council plan, have recommended that they reduce the funding to Te Papa by 55 percent. Council will be asking for public submissions between 16 April and 18 May 2012 – and will be making their decisions on the submissions Wellington ratepayers make. What could happen?… Read more »