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 »

Satellites of Love?

Sputnik 1. National Museum of USAF.

In October 1957 the Soviet Union launched the first human-made spacecraft, Sputnik I. The USA had already announced that it would be launching a satellite and so existing plans for an elaborate device were quickly ditched by the Soviets to get something up in space first. Sputnik was simply a metal sphere with a radio… Read more »

Shi Lu: The Literatus vs. the Revolutionary

Shi Lu, Horses drinking at Yan River – study from nature, 1960, ink and mineral pigments, Beijing: National Museum of China, Gift of Shi Lu’s family 2012

This Friday at 12.30, Professor Yiyan Wang, a specialist of modern Chinese art will share her insights to the work of Shi Lu currently on show at Te Papa. She provides some thoughts on his art in the following blog. Te Papa Museum is currently showing the paintings and calligraphy of Shi Lu. Who is… Read more »

Le vaiaso o le gagana Sämoa (Sämoan language week) 2014

“Taofi mau i au measina: Hold fast to your treasures” is the theme for Sämoan language week 2014. Indeed, looking after cultural treasures is a significant part of Te Papa’s role in the community. We develop collections of cultural artefacts from the ordinary to the extraordinary, from the very old to the very recent. We share the… Read more »

Newtown Kindergarten studies spiders at Te Papa

  • Examining the spiders in the resin blocks, Photographer: Newtown Kindy, © Newtown Kindy
  • Phil and his tarantula! Photographer: Newtown Kindy, © Newtown Kindy
  • Sharing stories, Photographer: Newtown Kindy, © Newtown Kindy
  • Meeting Rebecca and Phil at Te Papa, Photographer: Newtown Kindy, © Newtown Kindy

This blog provides an excellent opportunity not only for us to share with you, but  for you to share with each other. How do you use our museum as a learning resource? What do you find to be best practice? Why are museum and gallery experiences important for your tamariki? Our latest story comes from kaiako (teacher) Charlene from Newtown… Read more »

Elephant bird DNA reveals that the Kiwi is not an Aussie

Alan Cooper holds a giant elephant bird leg bone in front of a kiwi skeleton for media as Alan Tennyson looks on. Photo: Jean-Claude Stahl © Te Papa

A study published in the journal Science today reveals a new and unexpected origin for New Zealand’s iconic kiwi and overturns the previous idea that the ancestors of kiwi flew directly over from Australia (see Miocene fossils show that Kiwi are probably not phyletic dwarves, Paleornithological Research 2013, and St Bathan’s kiwi – NZ Birds Online). … Read more »

New Zealand’s own Roswell?

Aberhart - Riverton

In 1947 silvery pieces of wreckage were found in a field near Roswell, New Mexico. They were quickly confiscated by personnel from the Roswell Army Air Field base and a rumour that an alien spacecraft had crash landed soon spread. But with little evidence the story didn’t go far until 30 years after the event… Read more »

Tschüss, Deutschland!

  • AG Besprechung Heidi Bernhard Dirk jpg
  • AG Besprechung Niklas Christoph Janina jpg
  • cycling in Oldenburg
  • Humboldt_meeting_photo

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 »