Tschüss, Deutschland!

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That is the informal way of saying “Goodbye, Germany!” in German. My time as Alexander von Humboldt Research Fellow in Oldenburg has now come to an end, and I wanted to share a few reflections on my experiences in Germany. The last several months of the fellowship were a flurry of activity on all fronts…. Read more »

10 days left to find ferns and win!

Mamaku, Cyathea medullaris. Photographer: Leon Perrie © Te Papa

You’ve only 10 days left to enter our Find ferns and win! competition. Entering is easy – find a New Zealand fern, take its picture, and send the picture to us; more details below. What can you win? Each fern picture gets you in the draw to win either one of these books from Te Papa… Read more »

My Curioseum Overnight Adventure

A uniform that once belonged to New Zealand Premier Richard Seddon startles in the textile storeroom.

In late March, Te Papa hosted 20 young aspiring authors and illustrators for a sleepover. Held in association with the New Zealand Festival Writers and Readers Week, the sleepover celebrated the launch of The Curioseum: Collected Stories of the Odd and Marvellous edited by Adrienne Jansen and published by Te Papa Press. Find out more… Read more »

Confusing Circles Captured on Northland Night

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From 1956 artist and photographer Eric Lee-Johnson began photographing the night sky near his Northland home of Waimamaku. He generally used time exposures, where the shutter is held open from anywhere between seconds to hours. With longer exposures the stars show up as trails formed by the rotating motion of Earth. Aiming the camera at… Read more »

Science Live: Secret World of Ferns broadcast

Hound's tongue fern, Microsorum pustulatum.  Photo (c) Leon Perrie.

If you missed the live broadcast of Science Live: Secret World of Ferns, it’s now on YouTube so you can watch it now or anytime you like. The video explores the surprisingly complicated life-cycle of ferns, how to distinguish the different kinds of tree ferns, and we see inside the room holding Te Papa’s collection… Read more »

Science Live: Secret World of Ferns – today!

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Tune into Science Live: Secret World of Ferns today from 2.00pm. You can watch the livestream on the YouTube player below, or visit Te Papa’s YouTube channel. Get involved! What you would like to know about ferns? You can ask Leon Perrie, Curator of Botany, your questions via: Email: sciencelive@tepapa.govt.nz Twitter: using the hashtag #sciencelivetepapa… Read more »

James Brown sits in on a workshop

  • Greg throws a few shapes before Walk (Series C) and a group from Wellington High School. Photographer: Helen Lloyd © Te Papa
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  • Art in action. Photographer: Helen Lloyd © Te Papa
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James Brown, Writer On 12 and 13 May, writer and artist Gregory O’Brien gave a series of workshops to school groups about collaborations between artists and writers, and the ongoing conversation between art and text. I sat in on one. I work at Te Papa as part of the Writing Team, and, as someone who… Read more »

Alien Power Source Discovered by NZ Photographer?

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If you watched late night television towards the end of the 1960s you might remember the following theatrically pronounced lines: For [architect David Vincent] it began one lost night on a lonely country road, looking for a shortcut that he never found. It began with a closed deserted diner, and a man too long without… Read more »

Matariki Professional Development for Early Years Teachers

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  • Southend Kindergarten's Kaitiaki, Photographer: Donna Hewison, © Southend Kindergarten
  • Story S activity, Photographer: Te Papa, © Te Papa
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Te Papa Education really values the relationships we have made (and continue to make) with other organisations in and around Wellington, and we are always looking for opportunities to work collaboratively. The celebration of Matariki (Māori New Year) has proven to be a great opportunity to work with the team at Carter Observatory. This year,… Read more »