Motuara Little Penguin research – edition 2

This Little Penguin is incubating eggs with its mate and carried out a foraging trip from Motuara Island mainly with in Queen Charlotte Sound. Image GoogleEarth, Copyright Te Papa.

Work continues at Motuara Island on the little penguin foraging behaviour. The nesting penguins are mainly on chicks at this stage of the breeding cycle, although some birds have re-nested and are now incubating new eggs. Caroline Bost, the French intern working with Te Papa this summer, has been stationed out on Motuara Island in… Read more »

Expedition Snares Islands: Journey into Wild New Zealand

Snares crested penguins on the landing rocks in Station Cove. Image: Colin Miskelly: Te Papa

The wild and remote Snares Islands, 105km south-southwest of Stewart Island, are usually home only to a vast array of birds and sea life. In late 2013 the islands saw the arrival of four lucky Te Papa scientists to carry out a range of seabird and plant research projects. Watch the video below and find… Read more »

A Collection of Beach-Loving Beetles

The L.H. McDowall collection of sand scrabs.
Photo credit: Phil Sirvid, Te Papa.

Te Papa’s entomology collection is now home to 66 native sand scarab beetles (Pericoptus sp.) from the estate of L.H. McDowall. In the 1960s, McDowall illustrated insect guide books such as ‘Native Beetles’ and ‘Native and Introduced Butterflies and Moths’. A collection of her original illustrations was also recently acquired by Te Papa. The beetles… Read more »

Inspiring disabled designs

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Pokerwork, or ‘pyrography’ if you want to be fancy, was one of the craft activities encouraged by doctors who supervised the recuperation of soldiers wounded during World War One. Generally, medical experts recognised the benefits of gentle, repetitive actions for damaged muscles. Squeezing the bulb of a pokerwork machine – that created the heat required… Read more »

Imagine Childcare visits the Tyrannosaurs at Te Papa!

Field work in Bush City, Photographer: Imagine Childcare, © Imagine Childcare

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 latest story comes from kaiako (teacher) Nichola from Imagine Childcare… Read more »

Calling all textile lovers! John Gillow on textiles from Pakistan

Author, lecturer, traveller and collector, John Gillow has spent more than 40 years travelling the world in pursuit of textiles, and sharing his finds with textile lovers all over the world. Besides travelling through remote and sometimes unstable or war-torn areas, John has also written an array of beautifully illustrated books on textiles, including World… Read more »

Little penguins – the Motuara Island edition

  • "Volunteer Exchange" as helpers on the programme change over at the island. Left to Right: Patrick Chevalier, Blandine Jury, Caroline Boast, Clare Harden and Yukiko Shimada. Image Caroline Bost, Copyright Caroline Bost.
  • Robin at Motuara Island is very tame. Here is is trying to eat Caroline's jam toast. Banded green and white. Photo Caroline Boast, Copyright Caroline Bost
  • View from the top of Motuara Island. Image Caroline Bost, Copyright Caroline Bost.
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This blog was written by Caroline Bost, Te Papa Intern on the  little penguin project, with help from volunteers Blandine Jurie and Yukiko Shimada for text and images: Here is a bit of news about our first fieldwork week on Motuara Island. Motuara Island is an island located in the Queen Charlotte Sound (New Zealand), at… Read more »

Shooting the Past – the photographic archive as subject

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    Recently I’ve been watching a BBC TV mini series about a doomed photography archive – Shooting the Past. The series was released in 1999 and I don’t know how I missed seeing it then but I was busy writing a dissertation on colonial photography (or maybe it didn’t even get played on TV here). The show… Read more »

Kāhui Rāranga The Art of Tukutuku: New Zealand’s Heart at the United Nations

Tukutuku panels in the Kahui Raranga: The Art of tukutuku exhibition. Photographer: Norm Heke © Te Papa

This morning Te Papa farewelled the exhibition of tukutuku panels which are to be installed at the United Nations Headquarters in New York early next year. The woven panels, which have been on display at Te Papa since July, were commissioned by former Minister of Māori Affairs Dr Pita Sharples following his visit to the… Read more »

Hip hop historians in the house – Hip Hop Aotearoa 101

Herbert Bartley, Sen, KOS, Truce, Rhys B, and Ati Teepa

Today in the Pacific Cultures Collections storeroom, we were visited by some of Wellington’s hip hop historians. The visit was in preparation for their hosting of a historic Back of House Hip Hop Tour this coming Sunday 2 November. As part of Family Fun:  Aotearoa Hip Hop 101 special guest hip hop pioneers KOS 163 and Rhys… Read more »