Western Chain, Snares Islands – 1929 and 2013 – In the footsteps of Edgar Stead (Part 10)

  • Alan Tennyson (left) and Colin Miskelly collecting a blood sample from a fulmar prion on Toru Islet, Western Chain, November 2013. Image: Antony Kusabs, Te Papa.
  • Fulmar prion on Toru Islet, Western Chain, November 2013. Image: Colin Miskelly, Te Papa.
  • Salvin’s mollymawk and chick on Toru Islet, November 2013. Image: Colin Miskelly, Te Papa.
  • A Cape petrel on its nest on Toru Islet, November 2013. Image: Alan Tennyson, Te Papa.

Te Papa’s curator of terrestrial vertebrates Dr Colin Miskelly is researching the life and work of the Canterbury naturalist Edgar Stead (1881-1949). This includes re-taking Stead’s photos from the same photo-point, taking other images to illustrate his diaries, and describing how the ecology and wildlife of each of 11 islands has changed since Stead’s visits…. Read more »

Packed full of stunning pictures, detailed information and beautiful bird calls, NZ Birds Online is an online encyclopaedia of birds created in collaboration between Te Papa, DOC and OSNZ. We’re indebted to the photographers who’ve shared their images with us – and now the world! Sonja Ross is the next intrepid birder in our Meet the photographers series. Hailing from across the ditch,… Read more »

French Connection – Lisa Renard, intern at Te Papa

Lisa (on right) in a Ngati Toa exhibition team meeting

  Lisa Renard, Tamahou Temara and Tracey Kuiti on top of Wainuiomata Hill, Saturday 5 October 2013. Photo and caption courtesy of Tamahou Temara. Lisa Renard- Te Papa intern from the University of Strasbourg, France Lisa is a PhD student and studies at the University of Strasbourg in social and cultural anthropology with Prof Denis… Read more »

A Very Aztec Christmas

Decorating the Tree 2013, Photographer: Te Papa, © Te Papa

Written by Shonagh Lowerson-Head, Audience Engagement Intern On Tuesday night there was a very special delivery to Te Papa. Eight feet tall and evergreen – our 2013 Christmas tree! The Audience Engagement team had been expecting this arrival for some time, and had been busy creating decorations by hand to adorn it. But these were no… Read more »

Recognition for Te Papa plant researcher

Phil Garnock-Jones, 2013 winner of the Nancy Burbidge medal in Australasian systematic botany.

Congratulations to Phil Garnock-Jones on being awarded the Nancy Burbidge medal, for his longstanding and significant contribution to Australasian systematic botany. Phil is the first New Zealander to receive the award, which is the highest bestowed by the Australasian Systematic Botany Society. Systematic botany is the study of the relationships, naming, and classification of plants. Australasian Systematic… Read more »

Science Live: Coastal Creatures – today!

What will you find at the beach this summer? Join Te Papa scientists online at 1.30pm today, as they show you some of the amazing animals and plants you can find on your beach holidays. We’ll be talking about glow-in-the-dark invertebrates, how to tell the difference between coastal birds, and whether your chocolate milk has… Read more »

Hairy Maclary’s at Te Papa this summer!

  • Hairy Maclary; Hairy Maclary and the Hairy Maclary and Friends logo are registered trademarks. © Lynley Dodd, 2014
  • Hairy Maclary being nice
  • Hairy Maclary visits the cannon ball
  • Hairy Maclary walks past the cow

Hairy Maclary is visiting  Te Papa this summer! There will be plenty on in January and February, so keep a look out! Details will be posted on our Events page, or Family Fun page! We also have a Hairy Maclary programme in StoryPlace! Hairy Maclary: A Kiwi Treasure | He taonga a Hairy Maclary will be… Read more »

The Berry Girls: Starring Miss Kathleen O’Brien


A few weeks ago we posted a couple of  images from our Berry & Co photography collection of women dressed in uniform. Thanks to the power of the internet and the media we have been able to positively identify one of the women, and learn a little more about her life, and why she was photographed dressed… Read more »

Responding to Ngā Toi | Arts Te Papa in your Early Years classroom

  • Motif - Reflected
  • Motif - Simple Repeat
  • Motif
  • Motif - 1/4 turn

Ngā Toi | Arts Te Papa on Level 5 is a wonderful resource for Early Years (ECE-Y2) groups! I wanted to share a few of the ideas I had for classroom responses to artworks and collections ‘on the wall’ at the moment. Perhaps you can contribute some ideas too? Colin McCahon, Walk (Series C) , 1973 In Walk with Me – Art… Read more »