Whale tooth graffiti – Fiji language week 2014 (slideshow)

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This is our last blogpost for Fiji Language Week 2014 where the theme has been ‘Noqu vosa, noqu iyau talei’ – My language, my treasure’. I thought I’d share a few examples where language actually appears on one of Fiji’s treasures. Tabua (pronounced  tambua – b=mb) are pierced and braided whales’ teeth, originally taken from… Read more »

A penguin’s day at sea – The Wellington edition

  • Little penguin #2 foraging in Pegasus Bay. New Zealand during its foraging trip from Wellington Harbour. Image: Caroline Bost. Copyright, Te Papa
  • Little penguin from wellington population forages in Palliser Bay 1 - 6 October 2014. Image Caroline Bost. Copyright, Te Papa
  • Caroline Bost, King penguin colony at Baie du  Marin, Crozet Island. photo: Robin Cristofari,  copyright: Caroline Bost
  • New Zealand map

Every year, Te Papa hosts a number of research interns, and this year we’ve very lucky to have Caroline Bost  working with us in the Natural History research group. She’s a young researcher from France who’s working on penguin biology. Over the next few months she’ll be unpicking some of the mysteries of the elusive,… Read more »

Fijian Five Minute Quiz

Bula Vinaka! This week is Fiji Language Week 2014 and the theme is ‘Noqu vosa, noqu iyau talei’ – My language, my treasure’. Te Papa’s Pacific Cultures collections have around 2816 artefacts associated with Fiji, including  adornments, fans, masi (tapa) and photographs. This week we will be sharing some of the collection highlights with you through our blog… Read more »

Ou taka kofea?| Where are your sandals?

Model Fishing Net (Flying Fish Net), Tuvalu. Gift of L Geursen, 1991. Te Papa

This week to celebrate Tuvalu language week 2014 we have shared a few highlights from our collection on Instagram including a pair of taka (reef sandals). In Tuvalu taka were more than a fashion statement, for some they were a necessity. Tuvalu is a low-lying island group made up of four reef islands and five true atolls. The… Read more »

This week in history: the birth of The Jandal

Fish Jandals designed by DNA, and manufactured by Skellerup Industires, 1995. Rubber, screenprinted fabric, paint. Purchase 2009.

‘The bloke threw such a jandal!’ The only reason a bloke could throw a jandal (aka a tantrum), is because of  Morris Yock of Onehunga. As legend has it, before the 4 October 1957,  there was technically no jandal to throw. In 1957 Yock produced a version of the Japanese sandal in his garage and proudly named it… Read more »

Youth and theatre – museums and social change

  • Conchus Youth
  • Herbert Bartley (Te Papa), Nina, Tom, Ati Teepa (Te Papa)
  • Tom McRory, Nina Nawalowalo, Nathaniel Lees
  • (L to R) Herbert Bartley (Te Papa) Nina and Tom (The Conch) and Ati Teepa (Te Papa)

This past week has seen an important and ground breaking collaboration between The Conch – an internationally successful Pacific Visual Theatre Company lead by Nina Nawalowalo and Te Papa. Through the Conchus Youth and Advocacy programmes The Conch is engaging the potential of theatre to affect social change, to serve as a vehicle for the… Read more »

#squidwatch with Jesse Kelly

Cleaned upper beak (right) and lower beak (left) of the colossal squid specimen © Jesse Kelly

On Tuesday 16th September Te Papa hosted a very special event. A colossal squid from the Ross Sea, was examined by scientists. You can watch the live stream of the event as it happened on YouTube. Squid scientists from Auckland University of Technology  (AUT) and the University of Otago joined us. In this guest post  Jesse Kelly, a post-graduate… Read more »

The Great Kereru Count 2014 – 22nd September to 5th October

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This blog was written by Mel Dash, who is currently on maternity leave from Te Papa Kererū (New Zealand’s native wood pigeon) are making a comeback but they still need our help so Forest and Bird’s Kiwi Conservation Club (KCC), Kereru Discovery and partners have organised a two week Kererū Count to get an idea… Read more »

Tuvalu language week 2014

Fakatalofa atu! This week is Tuvalu language week 2014 and the theme is Tuvalu ko tou lagaifakalaga ke mau mai aulua foe: Your language keeps your culture and identity afloat, continue to work together. The Papa’s Pacific Cultures collections have around 195 artefacts associated with Tuvalu, including fishing gear, fans, dance costumes, carvings, adornments and… Read more »

Subtropical tree fern challenge

  • 1 C. Reproductive structures of Cyathea milnei, from the Kermadec Islands, in cultivation at Otari-Wilton’s Bush, Wellington. Photo Leon Perrie. © Te Papa.
  • 1 B. Cyathea milnei, from the Kermadec Islands, in cultivation at Otari-Wilton’s Bush, Wellington. Photo Leon Perrie. © Te Papa.
  • 1 A. Cyathea milnei, from the Kermadec Islands, in cultivation at Otari-Wilton’s Bush, Wellington. Photo Leon Perrie. © Te Papa.
  • 2 A. Cyathea kermadecensis, from the Kermadec Islands, in cultivation at Otari-Wilton’s Bush, Wellington. Photo Leon Perrie. © Te Papa.

I spent yesterday afternoon in the fernery of Otari-Wilton’s Bush, examining two tree fern species from New Zealand’s subtropical Kermadec Islands. More details below, including ‘why?’. But first, a challenge… Each of these Kermadec tree ferns is closely related to a (different) mainland New Zealand species. Can you tell which mainland species? One of the… Read more »