Rabbits on Mars?

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In mid-2013 a creature that looked like a rabbit, squirrel or rat in a NASA Mars rover photograph was spotted by a blogger. The photograph quickly went viral, to the point where it started attracting news media attention. This isn’t the only animal seen in Mars photographs either. A lizard and some rabbit ears have… Read more »

What ferns were found during the ‘Find ferns…’ competition?

  • Button fern, Pellaea rotundifolia, was one of the most frequently reported ferns. Photo (c) Leon Perrie.
  • Hound's tongue, Microsorum pustulatum, was one of the most frequently reported ferns. Photo (c) Leon Perrie.
  • Male fern, Dryopteris filix-mas, is an introduced weed in New Zealand.  It was reported several times. Photo (c) Leon Perrie.
  • Mamaku, Cyathea medullaris, was one of the most frequently reported ferns.  Photo (c) Leon Perrie.

Thanks to those who entered our ‘Find ferns and win!’ competition as part of our Science Live: The Secret World of Ferns broadcast. And, congratulations to the lucky winner! Watch The Secret World of Ferns. Lots of different ferns were spotted – some 44 species. One of the interesting finds was reported by shona_t via… Read more »

New Zealand’s favourite bird

  • Kakapo - out of sight, but not completely out of mind. Image: Dylan van Winkel, New Zealand Birds Online
  • Eastern rosella - the most-viewed introduced species on New Zealand Birds Online. Image: Josie Galbraith, New Zealand Birds Online
  • The North Island brown kiwi was the most viewed kiwi species, but was only the 32nd most viewed species. Image: Rod Morris (Department of Conservation), New Zealand Birds Online
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Have you ever wondered what is New Zealand’s favourite bird? Forest & Bird ask this question annually, but their ‘Bird of the Year’ competition is skewed by the unashamed lobbying of passionate bird lovers, along with alleged multiple voting, leaving us none the wiser as to what is our true national favourite. The New Zealand Birds… Read more »

Teaching the teachers – an inspirational landscape art workshop

  • Artist Gerda Leenards. Photographer - Helen Lloyd. © Te Papa
  • Chelsea Nichols and teachers viewing Colin McCahon's Walk Series C in Nga Toi | Art Te Papa. Photographer - Helen Lloyd. © Te Papa
  • Rebecca Rice and teachers in Nga Toi | Art Te Papa. Photographer - Helen Lloyd © Te Papa
  • Teachers using oil paints in the landscape art professional development workshop.

What do Colin McCahon, Shi Lu, Petrus Van Der Velden and Gerda Leenards have in common? They are all landscape artists whose work were studied in a recent teacher workshop here at Te Papa. In the education team we love giving a little back to all those hard working teachers, by offering fun and inspirational… Read more »

“Whiti Te Rā! The Story of Ngāti Toa Rangatira” exhibition opening soon!

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Whiti Te Rā! The Story of Ngāti Toa Rangatira, the next iwi exhibition at Te Papa, is opening on the 14th June.   As we work up to the final two weeks before opening, it’s time to catch our breath for a minute and appreciate the hard work and talent that has gone into creating… Read more »

Win a copy of The Trekka Dynasty! Share your story of Trekka.

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Here journalist Todd Niall explains how his interest in the Trekka brought him into contact with New Zealand artist Michael Stevenson. On Thursday 26 June Te Papa hosts a talk by Todd who discusses the Trekka – the vehicle and the art work. In conjunction with his talk Te Papa is running a competition, find out… Read more »

The Moon: Getting up Close

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“For thousands of years man has gazed up at the moon and wondered.” That’s roughly how those worthy documentary commentaries begin, isn’t it? Well, Te Papa’s forerunner museums responded to this curiosity in two acquisitions almost 100 years apart. The first was an 1873 photograph of the moon made by the Great Melbourne Telescope (GMT). This was one… Read more »

Samoan tatau: a tufuga begins his work…

“Taofi mau i au measina: Hold fast to your treasures” is the theme for Sämoan language week 2014. We hope you have followed our tweets and Instagrams over the last few days. To close off this week we look at tatau (tattooing) – one of Samoa’s most well known cultural treasures. This is an excerpt from an… Read more »