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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 »

‘Vacant lot of cabbages’ documentation enters Te Papa’s archives

  • Barry Thomas, 'Vacant lot of cabbages' documentation, 1978. Purchased 2012, Te Papa. Photo: courtesy of Barry Thomas.
  • Barry Thomas, 'Vacant lot of cabbages' documentation, 1978. Purchased 2012, Te Papa. Photo: courtesy of Barry Thomas.
  • Barry Thomas, 'Vacant lot of cabbages' documentation, 1978. Photo: courtesy of Barry Thomas.
  • Barry Thomas, 'Vacant lot of cabbages' documentation, 1978. Photo: courtesy of Barry Thomas.

In 1978 contemporary New Zealand artist Barry Thomas undertook a public art project in inner city Wellington. Utilising a vacant lot on the corner of Willis and Manners Streets, the artist and his friends cut through a wire perimeter fence, delivered a truckload of top soil to the site and planted 180 cabbages. The project… Read more »

Tokelau kie tau (fine mat) with an edge

This week is the inaugural Tokelau Language Week (29 October – 4 November). The theme is Ke mau ki pale o Tokelau: Hold fast to the treasures of Tokelau. To celebrate, the Pacific Cultures team will post a blog each day highlighting cultural treasures from Tokelau in Te Papa’s collections. For today’s blog, I would… Read more »

Tuluma – fishing boxes of Tokelau

This week is the inaugural Tokelau Language Week (29 October – 4 November). The theme is Ke mau ki pale o Tokelau: Hold fast to the treasures of Tokelau. To celebrate, the Pacific Cultures team will post a blog each day highlighting cultural treasures from Tokelau in Te Papa’s collections. Today, in this third blog post… Read more »

Calling all quilt lovers!

Professor Beverly Lemire
Department of History & Classics
and Department of Human Ecology
University of Alberta, Edmonton 
Canada

On Wednesday 14 November 2012 from 6.30 to 8.30pm visiting material-culture specialist Beverly Lemire will present an illustrated lecture on the history of the quilt entitled From Global Trade to Domestic Arts: The Spread of Quilt Culture 1600–1900. Beverly Lemire has worked with collections at major museums in Canada, the United States, Portugal, Spain, India, and… Read more »

Matau: traditional hooks

Traditional bone hooks were used to catch large quantities of fish. As some of the hooks were more efficient than steel hooks, the designs have recently been adopted by present-day fishers. ME004877. Copyright Te Papa.

The exhibition Matau: Traditional hooks, innovative designs, closes at the end of November. Next Monday, Te Papa’s Chris Paulin, curator for the exhibition, will be giving an illustrated talk on the intriguing story of matau, and how Māori quickly integrated European tools and technologies with the traditional matau form that had served them so well…. Read more »

Celebrating Vagahau (Language) Niue

To celebrate Vagahau Niue: Niue Language Week (6-13 October 2012), the Pacific Cultures team are highligting stories about Niue focusing on taoga (treasures) from Te Papa’s collection. In 1972, over a few months, a group of scientists from Te Papa, then known as the Dominion Museum, made a visit to Niue as part of an expedition to survey the… Read more »