Our scientists are readying themselves for a day of examining the colossal squid, preparing for the unexpected – and letting you all in on how they research such a rare, huge animal. Watch the live stream below, from 11am NZST. Our host will be Veronika Meduna from Radio New Zealand’s Our Changing World: Schedule Throughout… Read more »

It takes a forklift, a hosepipe and several dedicated scientists to get the colossal squid from the freezer to the tank. Scientists from Te Papa and Auckland University of Technology have assembled at Te Papa to begin defrosting the colossal squid. As the squid is such a large animal, it’s anticipated that it will take… Read more »

The fascination of squid

Aaron visiting the Monterey Bay Aquarium in California. The squid in the tank behind him are big-fin reef squid. And that is an octopus on his t-shirt. As Aaron explains ‘…my passion for cephalopods is prominent in my attire as well as my household belongings.’ © Aaron Boyd Evans

On Tuesday 16th September Te Papa will be hosting a very special event. A colossal squid, recently caught in the Ross Sea, will be examined by scientists and you can watch as we live stream the action on YouTube from 11am. Our presenter will be Veronika Meduna, from Radio New Zealand’s Our Changing World. Squid scientists… Read more »

Scotty the T.rex goes on holiday!

Scotty T.rex

Have you heard the roars yet? We’ve had an overwhelming response to our visiting T.rex puppet Scotty!   We are really lucky that Scotty has been able to visit us to help promote our forthcoming exhibition, Tyrannosaurs – Meet the Family, which opens at Te Papa on September 27! We’re hoping that many of you… Read more »

Colossal squid – the body parts

Colossal squid beak. Photographer: Jean-Claude Stahl © Te Papa

Colossal squid are the heaviest invertebrates on Earth, with specimens reported weighing in at 495kg – that’s nearly eight times as heavy as the average human! Despite their size, large colossal squid specimens in good condition are rarely available to scientists. That’s why scientists from Auckland University of Technology (AUT) are excited to undertake research… Read more »

Young children respond to China: Throne of Emperors and Shi Lu: A revolution in paint

Lanterns by Tai Tamariki Kindergarten

Tai Tamariki Kindergaten have written this great article for the forthcoming ecARTnz magazine about their creative response to the two China exhibitions held recently at Te Papa. Our curators, Rebecca Rice and Justine Olsen were both blown away by the children’s work. I am sure you will be too! Tai Tamariki Kindergarten is currently awash with colour… Read more »

Queen Sālote on the world stage

Ngatu Pepa [Vilene Tapa], 03.1996, Upper Hutt. Ilo Me'a Fo'ou (New Creations) - Tongan Womans Group. Purchased 1997 with New Zealand Lottery Grants Board Funds. Te Papa

For Tongan language week 2014 – Uike Kātoanga’i ‘o e Lea Faka-Tonga I have been thinking about how our Tongan collection reflects this year’s theme “Ko e Kai ia ‘a e Tonga” – “Enriching Aotearoa with Tongan Wisdom”. My first thought was of the large ngatu pepa (2007) produced by Ilo Me’a Fo’ou a Wellington-based kautaha… Read more »

Made by kids for kids – the new kids audio guide for Ngā Toi / Arts Te Papa

  • Children from Crofton Downs Primary School in Ngā Toi / Arts Te Papa. Photo Mike O'Neil. © Te Papa
  • Children from Crofton Downs Primary schools with their teachers and families with the sculpture Little Girl, by Sydney Harpley. Photo Mike O'Neil. © Te Papa
  • Educator Helen Lloyd congratulating children who feature on the kids audio guide. Photo Mike O'Neil. © Te Papa
  • Child listening to kids audio guide. Photo Mike O'Neil. © Te Papa

  On Sunday 24th August we celebrated the launch of our kids audio guide for visitors to the Ngā Toi / Arts Te Papa exhibition. Children’s faces lit up with excitement when they heard their voices playing in the gallery. Visitors crowded around keen to hear and parents and teachers glowed with pride listening to… Read more »

Tongan language week 2014

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This week is Tongan language week 2014 – Uike Kātoanga’i ‘o e Lea Faka-Tonga. The theme for this year is “Ko e Kai ia ‘a e Tonga” – “Enriching Aotearoa with Tongan Wisdom”. Te Papa’s Pacific Cultures collections have just over 1000 artefacts associated with Tonga, from art works and photographs, adornments and carvings, textiles,… Read more »