Science Live: Expedition Snares Island for teachers

The rugged western cliffs of North-East Iland. Rising to over 120m - 06 Dec 2013. Photo Antony Kusabs, Te Papa.jpg

You may have seen on our blog that our next instalment of Science Live is happening on March 18. This episode will focus on Te Papa scientists’ recent trip to Snares Islands, about 200km south of Fiordland. Science Live is great way for teachers and students to learn about some of the important scientific work… Read more »

Te Papa’s acknowledgement of the Canterbury earthquakes

Te Papa acknowledges that the Canterbury earthquakes in 2010 and 2011 were one of the most significant and devastating events in New Zealand’s history. As such, Te Papa is working actively to preserve the memory and evidence of these traumatic events for future generations, as well as providing direct, expert support to heritage organisations affected. As… Read more »

100 kilometres south of Stewart Island, a small group of rocky islands jut abruptly from the surface of the ocean. These islands, wreathed in sea spray and surrounded by large cliffs, are known as the Snares Islands, and for a fortnight were home to four Te Papa scientists. The Snares Islands are one of the… Read more »

A Theremin goes for a walk in Nga Toi.

  What do a Theremin, a harp, a harmonium, tape delay, and Colin McCahon have to do with each other?  This Sunday in Nga Toi Arts Te Papa Riki Gooch will be performing a collaborative composition in response to Walk (series c) by Colin McCahon. The harp, harmonium, tape delay and the theremin are just some… Read more »

Reptiles of Taranga (Hen Island) and nearby islands

  • McGregor's skink, Mana Island. Image: Colin Miskelly
  • Copper skink, Ohinau Island. Image: Colin Miskelly, Te Papa
  • Common gecko, Ohinau Island. Image: Colin Miskelly, Te Papa
  • Shore skink, Ohinau Island. Image: Colin Miskelly, Te Papa

Te Papa’s Curator of Terrestrial Vertebrates Dr Colin Miskelly visited Taranga for a week in December 2010 as part of his research into the life and fieldwork of the naturalist Edgar Stead. Here, Colin describes the reptiles found on the island, along with reptile records from surrounding islands, and the potential for reptile recovery and… Read more »

For Valentine’s Day, a 1913 love story

Leslie Adkin, 1913. A return performance.  Photographic print from album AL.000132.  Gift of Derek Noble, 1997. Te Papa

This summer, we ran a pilot project to transcribe the diaries of George Leslie Adkin, and put them online. Adkin wrote in his diary every day, and his 1913 diaries detail his courtship of Maud Herd, whom he later married. Adkin was also a talented photographer, and took many photographs of Maud, and of them both together…. Read more »

Life through a burrowscope lens (Part 4) – subterranean Ohinau Island

  • A fluttering shearwater chick inside its burrow on Ohinau-iti Island. Image: Robyn Blyth
  • A Mercury Island tusked weta inside a burrow on Ohinau Island. Image: Colin Miskelly, Te Papa
  • A fluttering shearwater egg in a burrow on a stack off Ohinau Island. Image: Colin Miskelly, Te Papa
  • A little penguin inside a burrow on Ohinau Island. Image: Colin Miskelly, Te Papa

Te Papa vertebrate curator Dr Colin Miskelly recently spent 12 days on Ohinau Island (east of Whitianga, Coromandel Peninsula) as part of a Te Papa seabird research team. This blog reports on what the team found living underground on the island. As described in previous blogs in this series, a burrowscope is a high-tech tool… Read more »

Premier Preschool celebrate Hairy Maclary’s 30th anniversary at StoryPlace

  • Hairy Maclary Hunt; Photographer: Te Papa, © Te Papa
  • Vet Nurse, Photographer: Premier Preschool, © Premier Preschool
  • Preparing the cats for the show; Photographer: Premier Preschool, © Premier Preschool
  • Meeting the dogs; Photographer: Premier Preschool, © Premier Preschool

This blog provides an excellent opportunity not only for us to share with you, but  for you to share with each other. How do you use our museum as a learning resource? What do you find to be best practice? Why are museum and gallery experiences important for your tamariki? This story comes from Marian Ayres Hill, Owner/Director/Teacher… Read more »

Riki Gooch walks with McCahon.

Riki Gooch Photographer Kathrin Simon. © Katrin Simon

As part of the current Nga Toi Arts Te Papa season we are fortunate enough to work alongside our curators, some of the exhibiting artists, and scholars to help produce our audience engagement programme. One initiative is to ask writers, poets, visual artists, performers and musicians to produce artistic responses to works exhibited in Nga Toi Arts Te Papa. One of… Read more »

New Zealand has a popular paddle crab (scientific name Ovalipes catharus) found at sandy beaches all round the country and often in fish shops, sometimes alive. I talked about paddle crabs and why they’re important during December’s episode of Science Live, Coastal Creatures.  Paddle crabs or swimming crabs are named for their back pair of legs which… Read more »