Taking to the streets lest we forget

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This week Te Papa, Archives New Zealand and Ngā Taonga Sound & Vision are  taking our collections to the streets for an outdoor multi-media presentation as part of the Wellington City Council’s First World War commemoration programme. The launch of Lest We Forget on the 16 October marks the 100th anniversary of the departure of 8000 New Zealand troops… Read more »

Help hunt for kakabeak

Kakabeak (kowhai ngutu-kākā, Clianthus maximus) in cultivation in Wellington. Photo © Leon Perrie.

If you’re on the east coast of the North Island during this spring and summer, the Department of Conservation would like your help! Please look out for wild plants of the striking, red-flowered kakabeak. Department of Conservation’s blog post “Keep an eye out for kakabeak”. Kakabeak (kowhai ngutu-kākā, Clianthus maximus) is now Critically Endangered. Its… Read more »

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 »