Girls in the museum – 19th century

A selection of photographs of girls taken in New Zealand during the nineteenth century from Te Papa’s photography collection in honour of International Girl Day. Most of the photographs featured are carte-de-visite cards and are not much bigger than they appear in this blog. All the girls in these photographs were born over 120 years ago…. Read more »

Let’s Meke! Fiji language week 2013

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This week is the first-ever Fiji language week with the theme Noqu Vosa, Noqu iYau Talei: My Language, My Treasure. The Pacific Cultures curators have been blogging daily with Fiji related stories from the collections and exhibitions at Te Papa. Today’s second to last blogpost is from Rachel Yates (Curator Pacific Cultures). The meke is an… Read more »

Wearable of the Week # 7

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As October is Breast Cancer Month this week’s fabulous wearable takes the form a bizarre but very thoughtful bra – its Lynn Christiansen’s The Abbey of St Brassiere.   The witty and outrageous Bizarre Bra™ section has been a firm favourite with WOW® entrants and audiences since it was established in 1995.  Since then, more than… Read more »

A New Zealand treasure with a Fiji connection: Fiji language week 2013

This latest blogpost for Fiji language week is from Rachel Yates (Curator Pacific Cultures).The theme for this week’s inaugural Fijian language week is, Noqu Vosa, Noqu iYau Talei: My Language, My Treasure. Thinking of treasures, this blog looks at a New Zealand treasure and its special relationship with Fiji, one that you might not have known about… Read more »

“Fear God, Honour the King’ – Rerevaka Na Kalou Ka Doka Na Tui : Fiji language week 2013

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This week is the first-ever Fiji language week with the theme Noqu Vosa, Noqu iYau Talei: My Language, My Treasure. The Pacific Cultures curators will be blogging daily with Fiji related stories from the collections and exhibitions at Te Papa. This rare flag (below) features the Union Jack with the Fijian coat of arms. It was… Read more »

A Day in the Life of a Natural History Curator – the intern’s view!

  • Westland Petrel at the breeding colony near Punakaiki, Westland. Photo, Lara Shepherd.
  • This box contained the bones of a sea lion found at the Chatham Islands. Photo, Mathilde Meheut.
  • Mathilde helped to handle petrels during the deployment of GPS loggers. The logger is visible taped on to the birds back feathers with brown   sticky tape. Photo, Susan Waugh
  • A miniature GPS logger used by scientists to follow the movements of Westland Petrels at sea. Mathilde helped with note-taking and field work. Another specialist writing job for Te Papa! Photo, Susan Waugh.

I’m Mathilde Meheut, a French biology student travelling in New Zealand who had the chance to do some voluntary work at the Museum of New Zealand Te Papa Tongarewa. In this blog, I’ll tell you about some of the work I got involved in at Te Papa during a few weeks in June and July… Read more »

Whale tooth tales: Fijian language week 2013

The first-ever Fiji language week begins today with the theme Noqu Vosa, Noqu iYau Talei: My Language, My Treasure. The Pacific Cultures curators will be blogging daily with Fiji related stories from the collections and exhibitions at Te Papa. This is a tabua, a type of Fijian cultural valuable, made from polished whales’ teeth attached… Read more »

A native species re-recorded for Wellington

  • Underside of a frond of Asplenium lamprophyllum, showing the comparatively long sori (reproductive structures). Photo © Leon Perrie.
  • Asplenium lamprophyllum. Photo © Leon Perrie.
  • Distribution map of Asplenium lamprophyllum, based on specimens in Te Papa’s herbarium. Other herbaria have records of the species from northern Taranaki and Whanganui. Click for a page with a zoomable map.
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The Wellington Botanical Society has just added* (* actually it is confirmed, rather than added; see update below) another species to the list of native plants known from Wellington – the fern Asplenium lamprophyllum. To find (* rediscover) such a relatively big species so close to New Zealand’s capital city may seem a little surprising. Just… Read more »

Imagine Childcare’s video conference with Te Papa

  • Colossal squid drawing 1, Photographer: Imagine Childcare Centre, © Imagine Childcare Centre
  • Colossal squid drawing 2, Photographer: Imagine Childcare Centre, © Imagine Childcare Centre
  • Colossal squid drawing 3, Photographer: Imagine Childcare Centre, © Imagine Childcare Centre
  • Colossal squid drawing 4, Photographer: Imagine Childcare Centre, © Imagine Childcare Centre

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? Our third story comes from Imagine Childcare Centre:… Read more »

Man vs atoll: what if Bear Grylls was marooned on Tuvalu?

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If British ex-special forces soldier and survival expert Bear Grylls was marooned on a coral atoll, how would he survive? What resources would be available to him? What tools could he make, what would he make them out of, what would he eat? What challenges would face him? The people of Tuvalu have spent generations… Read more »