There’s a vagrant in our bath

I went back later that day and took a better photo. Sadly Mr Vagrant passed away the next day when my flatmate ran a bath R.I.P. 18/12/14, Photograph by Jonathon Kelso.
Photograph taken for work purposes

My role at Te Papa revolves around creating opportunities for our visitors to engage with Te Papa content. I was part of the team that developed the DeClassified exhibition, which you can check out on level 3 at Te Papa. This exhibition has an additional interpretive layer which enables people to contribute data to scientific discoveries… Read more »

Antarctic blog #1 – Flying south

  • On the ground - or at least ice. The Ilyushin-76 on the Union Glacier blue-ice runway. Image: Colin Miskelly
  • Ilyushin-76 jet about to land on Union Glacier. Image: Colin Miskelly
  • The Ilyushin cabin video screen showing sea-ice on the left and our southward progress near the base of the Antarctic Peninsula on the right. Image: Colin Miskelly
  • ANI staff try to make themselves comfortable alongside cargo inside the Ilyushin jet. Image: Colin Miskelly

Te Papa vertebrate curator Dr Colin Miskelly visited Antarctica during November-December 2014 as a guest lecturer for Adventure Network International (ANI). Colin reached Antarctica via Punta Arenas in southern Chile. This is the first in a series of blogs based on his experiences in Antarctica, and particularly at the Gould Bay emperor penguin colony in… Read more »

A ROARsome Family Fun Day

The dinosaurs took over Te Papa yesterday on our ROARsome Family Fun Day, and by all accounts, it went down an absolute treat! We started by making our own three-dimensional dinosaur tails (and wings, beaks, hats as creativity ensued). These we decorated with all sorts of craft materials and felt pens, making each quite unique to its owner…. Read more »

We’re all going on a caravan holiday…

Brian Brake Wanaka Motor Camp 1960

We are the Wellington Caravan Club / So we don’t have to stop in a pub, / We bring our vans from far and near, / And this is what you’ll hear, / When we go caravanning, caravanning, / With the Wellington Caravanning Club. These are the words of a song composed for a Wellington… Read more »

Help us make discoveries

Garden two-spined spider, Poecilopachus australasia. Auckland. rfdawn CC BY-NC

Interested in the ‘outdoors’? Want to learn more about the animals and plants around you? Want to make discoveries? Perhaps even find a new species? Want to help (1) Te Papa with its scientific research and (2) New Zealand better understand and manage its biodiversity? Sounds like the citizen science projects accompanying the DeCLASSIFIED! exhibition… Read more »

Fossil Bonanza Reveals the History of New Zealand’s Animals

Okarito brown kiwi. Okarito, June 2002. Photographer: Alan Tennyson © Te Papa

When did kiwi and tuatara arrive in New Zealand and how did they get here?  These are the kinds of questions being answered by some amazing fossil discoveries that have been made in Otago in the last few years. I’ve been part of a team of researchers visiting fossil sites around St Bathans since 2001. … Read more »

Standout uniforms in Air New Zealand exhibition

NAC inofrm, 1976. Archives New Zealand (AEPK 20231 W2774 Box 12)

A gallery that acts as an air bridge featuring uniforms is a stylish nostalgia trip at the beginning of Air New Zealand 75 years: Our nation. The world. Connected. The latest Trelise Cooper designed uniform begins the walk back through time, and the first military inspired uniforms worn in the 1940s take pride of place… Read more »

Miniature Hikes: a public art installation in celebration of Wellington’s wild places.

  • Crystal Hut, Aro Valley. Photo: Lara Shepherd.
  • Crystal Hut, Aro Valley. Photo: Lara Shepherd.
  • The logbook for the Mt Victoria Hut is on a pulley system under the hut.
  • Robin Hut, Red Rocks, hunkering down against the weather. Photo: Lara Shepherd.

If you want to get outside this summer and explore Wellington’s wild places then consider visiting the miniature huts created for the public art project Miniature Hikes. This series of public sculptures are hidden in some of Wellington’s most scenic spots including Red Rocks, Matiu Somes Island and Mt Albert. Local artists Kemi Whitwell and Niko Leyden of Kemi Niko… Read more »

Pacific Cultures ‘Storeroom Selfies’ 2014

Hawaiian researchers, artists and staff from the Bishop Museum, Hawaii.

It has been a busy year for the Pacific Cultures team. We have had people from around the world visit the Pacific Cultures collection storeroom from Wellington hip hop pioneers to weavers and carvers from Niue. Each visit has helped to connect communities with our collection and on many occasions our visitors have offered new insights… Read more »

Photography and Te Papa in 2014

O.31243 Bill Gamble & his festive bottle

I have a confession: I am a bit of a vampire of sorts. I feed on Te Papa’s Photography collection – I use it to think and process ideas, to research and to write. Over the last year I have focused on what I believe counts: connections between photography and small stories about people and places, especially in the… Read more »