Pukehinahina / Gate Pā flag in front of Te Papa

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Yesterday marked a huge day of commemorative activity in Tauranga to signify the 150th anniversary of the Battle of Pukehinahina /Gate Pā, and here in Wellington, Te Papa also contributed to the commemorations. The museum flew a replica of the Gate Pa flag from its main flagpoles to acknowledge the 150th anniversary. It was flown… Read more »

Find ferns and win!

Piripiri, Hymenophyllum demissum, Wellington.  A filmy fern that is common in New Zealand.  Photo (c) Leon Perrie.

The next Science Live @ Te Papa event on Friday 16 May reveals the secret world of ferns. Join botany curator Leon Perrie live online to find out what makes these Kiwi emblems special. Plus, can you help to make a scientific discovery? Tune into Science Live: Secret World of Ferns  As part of this… Read more »

Science Live: Secret World of Ferns

Asplenium lamprophyllum, a relative of the hen & chickens fern.  No living populations were known from the Wellington region, until recently rediscovered by the Wellington Botanical Society.

Ferns are an integral part of New Zealand’s environment and culture. Tune in to our Science Live broadcast on Friday 16 May to learn about what makes these Kiwi emblems special. Plus, can you help to make a scientific discovery? Find out about ferns live online with curator Leon Perrie Get involved! find ferns and… Read more »

Getting to know Van der Velden

Over the summer, Sharon Taylor-Offord completed an internship at Te Papa cataloguing the drawings in a number of sketchbooks of the Dutch-New Zealand artist, Petrus van der Velden.  This was undertaken as part of a new internship course for Bachelor of Arts students run by the Faculty of Humanities & Social Sciences (FHSS), Te Wāhanga… Read more »

Teacher Professional Development: Visual Culture and Visual Arts in ECE (Mark II)

  • The inhabitants of Saga, Photographer: Te Papa, © Te Papa
  • The inhabitants of Saga, Photographer: Te Papa, © Te Papa
  • The inhabitants of Saga, Photographer: Te Papa, © Te Papa
  • The inhabitants of Saga, Photographer: Te Papa, © Te Papa

Due to the  interest in our first Visual Culture and Visual Arts PD, we offered another session to Early Childhood Teachers this past weekend (Saturday, 26th April).  While the content of the programme differed from the first (due to maintenance occurring in the Ngā Toi | Arts Te Papa gallery space), we maintained the same goal – to build teacher knowledge,… Read more »

Berry and Co’s proxy portraits

Copy of a portrait of two unidentified soldiers [inscribed Johnson]; 1914-1920; Berry & Co

At Te Papa, photos of 30 unidentified World War soldiers are on display in The Berry Boys: Naming the Kiwi faces of War. These men had their photographs taken at the Berry & Co studio sometime during the war, but we no longer know who they are. The soldier subjects in another 30 ‘Berry Boys’… Read more »

Traces of Pukehinahina / The Battle of Gate Pā in Te Papa – The New Zealand Wars

1992-0035-1631/9B
Watercolour
W.F. Gordon. 1869
Purchased 1916

“The Battle of Gate Pa was arguably the most important battle of the New Zealand Wars, in terms of both its political effects and its wider implications for military technology. Historians have failed to appreciate its full significance because the contemporary British interpretations, on which they rely, were dominated by the shock of defeat and… Read more »

The Berry Boys: Badges, Buttons & Brooches

Portrait of an unidentified soldier and three unidentified women inscribed Brown, 1914-1919, Wellington. Berry & Co. Purchased 1998 with New Zealand Lottery Grants Board funds. Te Papa

Today, The Berry Boys: Naming the Kiwi faces of World War I opened at Te Papa on level 4. Part of this intimate exhibition explains how we have used uniform badges to help us identify some of the soldiers photographed by Berry & Co. But some of the portraits in the collection show us that the… Read more »

Haere Ra Royals

The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge and George left New Zealand this afternoon for Sydney, Australia. The Cambridge’s departure was less scenic than the Duke’s grandparents’ at the end of January 1954. On that occasion, just over 60 years ago, the royal yacht, the SS Gothic, made an unscheduled visit to Milford Sound in Fiordland, on the… Read more »

Royal fashion trend-setters

George III First Shirt, 1738. Linen. Gift of xxx,

When Prince George had his New Zealand playdate on 9 April his romper suit with sailboat smocked on the front, inspired parents to rush out and buy up the outfit by British designer Rachel Riley. Like many royals before his clothing both inspires and reflects the fashions of the time. A baby’s ‘first shirt’ in Te Papa’s collection,… Read more »