Our string puppet shows, performed in November by professional puppeteer Anna Bailey, were such a success that we have decided to make Early Years events  a priority! On the 17th of January, and the 4th of February, many young visitors and their caregivers “trotted on down passed the shops and the park to the far end of… Read more »

If Hairy Maclary came to Te Papa, what do you think he would see and do?

Hairy Maclary contribitions, Photograph: Te Papa, © Te Papa

This was the very question visitors taking part in our Hairy Maclary: A Kiwi Treasure | He taonga a Hairy Maclary programme asked themselves…and boy, did they have heaps of great ideas for our story! Here are some of the individual responses: It was great to see that the ‘big kids’ had ideas too. My favourite is from… Read more »

The silver fern – what is it?

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The debate about changing New Zealand’s flag has reignited.  (Radio New Zealand’s report: Prime Minister raises prospect of changing the flag.) The silver fern is one of the favoured symbols for a new flag.  Aside from being one of New Zealand’s icons, the silver fern is a real plant.  But being on a nation’s flag… Read more »

Te Papa is presenting an evening debate on water on 30 January in its 10-year series of Treaty Debates. This will be a provocative discussion which identifies the major issues in managing our freshwater resources and how these can be resolved.   A panel of speakers brings together a range of expertise and experience: Jacinta Ruru,… Read more »

Flesh-footed Shearwater Surveys at Ohinau Island, Coromandel

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  • Fishing vessel
  • GPS track of FFSW

Keeping track of our protected species populations and their distribution is one of the tasks of biologists, and this summer Te Papa scientists surveyed sites in the Mercury Islands group for seabird populations. Flesh-footed shearwaters Puffinus carneipes breed throughout northern New Zealand, with a total population size in New Zealand of about 10,000 to 15,000 pairs… Read more »

Calling volunteers to help make history!

Te Papa holds 41 diaries and nearly 7000 negatives and prints from Horowhenua farmer, photographer, tramper, geologist, archaeologist, ethnologist, son, brother, husband and father George Leslie Adkin. He wrote his diary daily for all 60 years of his adult life, from 1905 to 1964.   Help transcribe Leslie Adkin’s diaries This summer, we are running a small pilot… Read more »

Past and present fauna of Mt Owen, north-west Nelson

A speargrass weevil (Lyperobius clarkei) on an on the speargrass Aciphylla ferox speargrass.

As well as impressive plants, Mount Owen and the Marino Mountains are also zoologically interesting. The wet weather may have prevented us reaching the summit of Mount Owen but it did bring out the slugs and snails. We spotted a giant leaf-veined slug (Amphikonophora gigantea) beside the track on the lower flanks of the mountain…. Read more »

Snares Islands Flora – the ferns

  • Catchments sloping to the east on North East Island. Image: Antony Kusabs, Te Papa.
  • Bare substrate and titi / mutton bird burrows in Olearia lyallii forest, a common site on North East Island. Image: Antony Kusabs, Te Papa
  • Underside of Asplenium scleroprium frond showing sori extending to lamina margins. Above Hoho Stream, North East Island. Image: Antony Kusabs, Te Papa
  • Asplenium scleroprium, above Hoho Stream, North East Island. Image: Antony Kusabs, Te Papa

This blog explores the fern flora of the Snares Islands/Tini Heke where I was one of four Te Papa Science staff to visit the islands in Nov-Dec 2013.  There are currently five recognised species of fern on the Snares Islands, the closest sub-antarctic island group to New Zealand. North East Island, the main island of the Snares… Read more »

Packed full of stunning pictures, detailed information and beautiful bird calls, NZ Birds Online is an online encyclopaedia of birds created in collaboration between Te Papa, DOC and OSNZ. We’re indebted to the photographers who’ve shared their images with us – and now the world! Joining us for our Meet the photographers series is Craig McKenzie, discussing the perils of too much tea whilst bird spotting…. Read more »