As I listened to Judith Jones, one of Te Papa’s hosts trained in audio description, describing the tumultuous sea, the approaching storm and the strange geography of Nicholas Chevalier’s Cook’s Strait New Zealand c. 1885, I ‘saw’ the painting as never before. For the other tour participants, listening acutely, this was their first encounter with… Read more »

A Christchurch house – dismantled, recycled and up for auction

Adjustable lampshades made from wooden blinds.

In February, Te Papa opened a commemorative display, Remember: the Canterbury Earthquakes, to mark the fourth anniversary of the devastating 2011 quakes. The display features two pieces of furniture by Rekindle, a social enterprise committed to unlocking the qualities of undervalued materials, and in particular Christchurch’s demolition ‘waste’. The Whole House Reuse Project: creating good work from… Read more »

Tadpole Tangent – It’s a Bugs Life update from Kiwi Kids ECE

Researching tadpoles, Photographer: Kiwi Kids ECE, © Te Papa

In 2015, Te Papa is creating a teacher resource to support you to ‘do science’ in your own backyard/outdoor environments with young children. We have been collaborating with three Wellington region ECE centres in its development. In our project updates on this blog from Imagine Childcare and Raumati South Kindergarten, we have seen quite different approaches and journeys taken. It… Read more »

“Carry on, boys” – The stories of Friday Hawkins and Rikihana Carkeek. Part Two: Rikihana Carkeek

Rikihana Carkeek. Taken from the supplement to the Auckland Weekly News 30 September 1915 p045

As part of a series of blog publications about the giants that feature in the exhibition, ’Gallipoli: the scale of our war’, and to commemorate the anniversary of the Battle of Chunuk Bair, I have been asked to write about the two Māori soldiers who are found in the Machine Gunners tableau in Segment Four:… Read more »

“Carry on, boys” – The stories of Friday Hawkins and Rikihana Carkeek. Part One: Friday Hawkins.

Friday

As part of a series of blogs about the giants that feature in the exhibition, Gallipoli: The scale of our war, and to commemorate the anniversary of the Battle of Chunuk Bair, I have been asked to write about the two Māori soldiers who are found in the Machine Gunners tableau in Segment Four: Chunuk… Read more »

Kia orana! This week is Te Epetoma o Te Reo Maori Kuki Airani – Cook Islands Māori language week. The theme of this week is ‘Te tatou reo tupuna e korona ia no to tatou matakeinanga’; Our language is a crowning glory of our community. Te Papa’s Pacific Cultures collections have over 7000 artefacts associated… Read more »

100 years ago tonight on 5 August 1915, Lieutenant Colonel William Malone wrote his last words to his beloved wife Ida on the eve of the Chunuk Bair campaign on Gallipoli. Ida had travelled to Britain with their three small children to be nearer her husband. They hoped to meet on his next leave. Malone… Read more »

Private Jack Dunn: The scale of his war

Reading of findings of court martial of Private Jack Dunn, Quinn’s Post, 4 August 1915. Photographer unknown . Australian War Memorial

This is the fourth blog in our series about the real people behind the larger-than-life sculptures featured in Gallipoli: The scale of our war. This is the story of John Robert Dunn, known as ‘Jack’, who was one of the thousands of keen young men who rushed to enlist at the start of the war… Read more »

Extinct birds of New Zealand, Part 2 – Songbirds

  • Skull and mandible of Chatham Island raven (Corvus moriorum). Te Papa Collections Online S.028679
  • Skull and mandible of South Island stout-legged wren (Pachyplichas yaldwyni). Te Papa Collections Online S.023578
  • Lyall’s wren (Traversia lyalli). Te Papa Collections Online OR.005098
  • Huia (Heteralocha acutirostris). Te Papa Collections Online OR.001328

Songbirds are perhaps our most familiar birds, including most of the species that visit our gardens. They also include our best-known extinct bird – the huia, which has been extinct for about a century. Many people blame hunting by humans (for specimens to sell to collectors, or for the much-prized tail feathers) for the huia’s… Read more »

Whāngaia te Reo – Nurture the Language

Kia ora! This week is Te Wiki o Te Reo Māori and the theme is Whāngaia te Reo – Nurture the Language. Te Reo Māori is a living taonga (treasure) and – like the physical objects in Te Papa’s collections – a taonga which needs kaitiakitanga (guardianship) to survive. At Te Papa we want to… Read more »