Classic rugby photos by photojournalist Peter Bush, in his own words

  • Rugby player Charmaine Smith avoids a tackle from an Australian player
  • Rugby player Israel Dagg jumps onto teammates in celebration
  • A man lies on the ground while another man offers help
  • All Black Michael Jones runs with the ball past a French rugby player

Photojournalist Peter Bush has been photographing the All Blacks and New Zealand rugby since 1949, on assignment for The New Zealand Herald. In his 70-year career he has captured such legends as Meads, Whineray, Kirkpatrick, and McCaw, numerous World Cups, and documented such tours as the All Blacks in apartheid South Africa and the Springboks’… Read more »

Starfish: An unexpected journey

  • CA001202/002/0001 – Laurie Foon business notebook; circa 1997; photograph by Gareth Watkins
  • CA001203/014/0004 - Starfish’s Wellington store; November 2006; Grant Maiden Photography
  • CA001200/004/0004 - Marketing image for the Grey Gardens (Winter 2007) Laurie Foon fashion collection, featuring the Fallen from Grace dress co-designed by Carleen Schollum
  • CA001203/001/0001 –Digital copy of a photograph of Laurie Foon and Rena Kohere receiving the National Sustainable Business Award 2007; 2007; Unknown (Starfish was the first fashion label to win a NZ Sustainable Business Award.)

Te Papa’s assistant archivist Gareth Watkins is going through Starfish’s archive, recently gifted to Te Papa. This final blog looks at the series of events that led to the fashion label’s closure in 2013. The 2000s were a highpoint for Laurie Foon and the Starfish fashion label. In 2003 Laurie established the luxury label LAURIE FOON, there… Read more »

Kava, fashion, and teenage life: Co-collecting with our Tongan communities

  • Pikipikihama kae vaevae manava team
  • Edmond Fehoko, Cultural Consultant, Pukepuke Fonua II
  • Czarina Wilson and Kenneth Tuai, Cultural Advisors-Fashion Curators. Tufunga Teuteu, Faiva Teuteu: The Tongan Material Arts of Fashion Making and Performance Arts of Fashion Wearing.
  • History and textiles collection tour with Stephanie Gibson, Curator Contemporary Life and Culture.

Pacific Art curator Nina Tonga introduces Pikipiki hama kae vaevae manava, a new initiative that sees Te Papa team up with Tongan communities in Auckland to explore the rich cultures through fashion, kava, and youth experiences. Since 2016, the Pacific Cultures team has been exploring new ways to engage Pacific communities to co-curate collections that better represent… Read more »

Peace and symbolism: Nuclear-free New Zealand, 30 years on

Campaign for Nuclear Disarmament symbol - black on white

Thirty years ago today the ground-breaking New Zealand Nuclear Free Zone, Disarmament, and Arms Control Act 1987 became law. New Zealand became the first Western-allied country to officially ban nuclear-armed and powered warships from its territory. History curator Stephanie Gibson looks at iconic symbols from the time. It took decades of activism to get to this point…. Read more »

The missing Military Cross from the Battle of Messines

  • Ruins of a building, Messines, during World War I. Photograph taken 1917 by Henry Armytage Sanders. Ref: 1/2-012778-G, Royal New Zealand Returned and Services' Association New Zealand official negatives, World War 1914-1918: H Series negatives, PAColl-5311-3, Alexander Turnbull Library, Wellington
  • Uniform sleeve (partial), cap badge and hat pins, 1914-1918, New Zealand, maker unknown. Gift of Marianne Abraham, 2010. CC BY-NC-ND licence. Te Papa (GH016805)
  • Doll, Soldier, 1914-1916, New Zealand, by Dorothy Broad. Purchased 2009. © Te Papa. CC BY-NC-ND licence. Te Papa (GH016389)
  • Officer’s medal stripes, 1914-1918, New Zealand, maker unknown. Gift of Marianne Abraham, 2010. CC BY-NC-ND licence. Te Papa (GH016807)

Wyville Rutherford’s ‘conspicuous gallantry’ during the Battle of Messines won him a Military Cross. But the medal, like Wyville, didn’t make it back to New Zealand. History curator Kirstie Ross shares details of Wyvillle’s WWI experiences and a unique group of mementos that survived him instead. Wyville Rutherfurd (sometimes spelled Rutherford) was awarded a Military… Read more »

Constantly clearing copyright: Colour prints from the Banks’ Florilegium

  • Leptopteris hymenophylloides (A. Richard) C. Presl; Plate 584
  • Collospermum hastatum (Colenso) Skottsberg; Plate 557
  • Vitex lucens Kirk; Plate 525
  • Calystegia tuguriorum (G. Forster) R. Brown ex Hooker f.; Plate 512

Rights Manager Victoria Leachman highlights the latest items to be cleared for Collections Online: a series of beautiful, hand-coloured Banks’ Florilegium copperplate engravings. Part of the role of the rights team at Te Papa is to clear copyright in collection items so Te Papa staff can take and use images. The latest licence negotiated by Catriona… Read more »

A right continental fuss: Zealandia explained

Watercolour painting of Milford Sound in 1883

Dr Hamish Campbell, Te Papa’s geologist in residence from GNS Science, talks about the news that intrigued the world in February 2017 – that it can legitimately be claimed that Zealandia is a distinct continent. Did you hear? There is a new continent on planet Earth. Crazy stuff! How could there be in this day and… Read more »

Albrecht the Great: Five Dürers at Te Papa

The large horse, 1505, by Albrecht Dürer. Gift of Sir John Ilott, 1962. Te Papa (1962-0001-9)

Dr Mark Stocker, Curator Historical International Art, explores five great Albrecht Dürer prints in Te Papa’s collection, and tells you all you ever wanted to know about Dürer’s most famous work, Melencolia I. Albrecht Dürer featured prominently in Te Papa’s foundation collection, when Bishop Ditlev Monrad gifted nearly 600 Old Master prints to the Colonial… Read more »

Spotlight on The Yandall Sisters, Samoan doo-wop superstars

  • L to R: Pauline, Adele and Mary.  Retrieved from: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SYsVakylfBI
  • CA001147/013/0001/0004; Sweet Soul Music Costume Design Drawings
  • CA001147/013/0001/0010; Sweet Soul Music Costume Design Drawings
  • Yandall 2

In a nod to Samoan Language Week – which started on Sunday and runs through to Saturday – and to round off New Zealand Music Month, Curator Pacific Cultures Rachel Yates put the spotlight on the Yandall Sisters, who ruled the New Zealand ’70s music scene. Do you like good music? That sweet soul music? If you answered ‘yeah,… Read more »

Are you a Dürer adorer?

  • Jesus_among_the_Doctors_-_Google_Art_Project
  • Durer_selfportrait 1500
  • Durer 4 horsemen
  • durer-self-portrait-at-the-age-of-thirteen

Dr Mark Stocker, Curator Historical International Art, introduces us to one of his all-time favourite artists, Albrecht Dürer, who is represented by over 40 works in Te Papa’s collection. He explains why Dürer is brilliant, fun, and highly relevant today. To admire or to like? In art history, there are plenty of artists that you… Read more »