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Human Video Games!

  • Discovery Centre Staff hard at work at the craft table at the Human Video Games event.  Photo: Maraea Rihari.  © Te Papa.
  • Destinee Robinson putting the maze to work.  Photo: Maraea Rihari.  © Te Papa.
  • Human Video Games Sign.  Photographer: Maraea R.  © Te Papa.
  • Human Video Games Event. Photographer: Maraea R. © Te Papa.

I am immediately intrigued. Human Video Games? My mind conjures up little stick figures being chased through a maze by giant Cheezles with teeth!  Mmmmn…Cheezles…anywayyy, as soon as the event kicks off at 1pm on a scorchingly hot day at Te Papa,  I find an excuse to meander down to the Human Video Games event,… Read more »

Have a crafty Christmas

  • Walking in a Winter Wonderland with a festive headband. Photographer Kimberley Gustavsson © Te Papa.
  • Three winter wonderlanders. Photo Ruth Hendry. © Te Papa.
  • Festive snowman headband. Photographer Kimberley Gustavsson © Te Papa.
  • Get Christmas crafty in the Discovery Centres. Photo Ruth Hendry. © Te Papa.

Meri Kirihimete, Merry Christmas and season’s greetings to you all! This Christmas, Te Papa Discovery Centres are getting crafty. From party hats to pretty pōhutukawa brooches, there’s something for everyone to make. Yesterday we turned PlaNet Pasifika from a sunny Samoan home to a winter wonderland by making our festive headbands. With glue, glitter and cotton… Read more »

News from Loans – December 2012

Opening at the Dowse Art Museum this month on 15 December 2012, is an exhibition titled Saskia Leek: Desk Collection.  The exhibition provides the first opportunity for audiences to see a broad range of Leek’s work and appreciate Leek as an artist whose works may be physically modest in scale, but whose artistic reach is… Read more »

Herbarium specimen preparation of succulent plants

  • Cotyledon orbiculata, Hue te Taka Peninsula. Photo: Antony Kusabs, Te Papa.
  • Cotyledon orbiculata specimen. The clear bag will be folded and placed in the left hand packet. Photo: Jean-Claude Stahl, Te Papa
  • Cotyledon orbiculata, pig's ear, Hue te Taka Peninsula. Photo: Antony Kusabs, Te Papa
  • Cotyledon orbiculata (pig's ear) leaf, with refuse of the skinning process in background. Photo: Antony Kusabs, Te Papa.

Part of my role as Collection Manager at Te Papa herbarium is contributing to the further development of our dried plant collection. At the herbarium we are interested in collecting indigenous and naturalised New Zealand plant species for future scientific investigation and as an historical record. One of our recent collection development projects focused on… Read more »

“We are the same-same.” Rapa Nui visitors to Te Papa Tongarewa

  • Me and Koro (Alberto)
  • Rapa Nui 006
  • The visiting group and the curator, in front of Te Hono ki Hawaiki (Te Papa's wharenui)
  • the Rapa Nui people, during a parade at the Festival of the Arts

This past Saturday (1 December 2012), we had a special request from a group of visitors who were going to be in Wellington for a weekend. They wished to come in and talk to some of the curators and see the collection. This is relatively common but what was slightly unusual about the group was… Read more »

Historic Māori Cloak in China

  • Close up of cloak,chicken hackle feathers. Image courtesy of the New Zealand Embassy, Beijing.
  • Cloak on display adjacent to a Brian Brake image of Taramakau river, Southland. Image courtesy of the National Museum of China.
  • The cloak on display adjacent to a Brian Brake image of Taramakau River. The photograph emphasises the colours of Papatūānuku (the earth mother) complimenting the design and colors of the feathers on the cloak. Image courtesy of National Museum of China.
  • Chairman Mao Zedong wearing the feather cloak presented by Ramai Hayward on behalf of King Korokī, 1957. Image still from National Film Archive.

“The smallest is as great as the largest.” October 1st, 1957. Dusk descends on Tiananmen Square, Peking, now known as Beijing. Fireworks crackle light across the night sky, above a city alive with National Day festivities and celebrations. Two intrepid New Zealand film-makers- Rudall and Ramai Te Miha Hayward are there, documenting the life and times of… Read more »

Uniformity: Making the Curatorial Cut

  • Jerry UGS
  • Graphic for Sir Jerry's uniform. Te Papa 2012.
  • Taiaha Kura http://collections.tepapa.govt.nz/objectdetails.aspx?oid=132774&term=taiaha+red
  • Photographer Michael Hall, Te Papa 2012.

 I’ve been asked a lot of questions about why some of the new acquisitions were pursued and why they were put into this show, so hopefully this entry will help answer some of the queries and shed light on the curatorial decisions made for Uniformity. In my last blog Uniformity: Why Uniforms Matter, I talked about… Read more »

World’s rarest whale revealed to the world.

M traversii mother

Even in this well-informed age it’s surprising how much we still don’t know about the natural world – especially the oceans!    All whales must come to the surface to breathe, despite this the Spade-tooth whale Mesoplodon traversii (Gray, 1874), an animal over 5m in length, has never been see alive, and until 31 December 2010 no one… Read more »