Recognition for Te Papa plant researcher

Phil Garnock-Jones, 2013 winner of the Nancy Burbidge medal in Australasian systematic botany.

Congratulations to Phil Garnock-Jones on being awarded the Nancy Burbidge medal, for his longstanding and significant contribution to Australasian systematic botany. Phil is the first New Zealander to receive the award, which is the highest bestowed by the Australasian Systematic Botany Society. Systematic botany is the study of the relationships, naming, and classification of plants. Australasian Systematic… Read more »

Science Live: Coastal Creatures – today!

What will you find at the beach this summer? Join Te Papa scientists online at 1.30pm today, as they show you some of the amazing animals and plants you can find on your beach holidays. We’ll be talking about glow-in-the-dark invertebrates, how to tell the difference between coastal birds, and whether your chocolate milk has… Read more »

Hairy Maclary’s at Te Papa this summer!

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Hairy Maclary is visiting  Te Papa this summer! There will be plenty on in January and February, so keep a look out! Details will be posted on our Events page, or Family Fun page! We also have a Hairy Maclary programme in StoryPlace! Hairy Maclary: A Kiwi Treasure | He taonga a Hairy Maclary will be… Read more »

The Berry Girls: Starring Miss Kathleen O’Brien

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A few weeks ago we posted a couple of  images from our Berry & Co photography collection of women dressed in uniform. Thanks to the power of the internet and the media we have been able to positively identify one of the women, and learn a little more about her life, and why she was photographed dressed… Read more »

Responding to Ngā Toi | Arts Te Papa in your Early Years classroom

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Ngā Toi | Arts Te Papa on Level 5 is a wonderful resource for Early Years (ECE-Y2) groups! I wanted to share a few of the ideas I had for classroom responses to artworks and collections ‘on the wall’ at the moment. Perhaps you can contribute some ideas too? Colin McCahon, Walk (Series C) , 1973 In Walk with Me – Art… Read more »

Is it an animal or an alien?

What is this mystery animal? Drawing by Rick Webber, Curator of Invertebrates © Rick Webber

Sometimes, nature throws up something that’s weirder than you can possibly imagine. Take a look at these pictures – do you know what they are? Clue: They’re both young versions of the same animal. Any ideas? Our Curator of Invertebrates, Rick Webber, will reveal all during Science Live: Coastal Creatures on Wednesday. Watch Science Live:… Read more »

Dr Who?

Zinnias, 1911, United Kingdom. Nicholson, William. Gift of the National Art Collections Fund, London, 1954. Te Papa

Happy news for historical art lovers: Te Papa is soon to have a newly appointed Curator Historical International Art. Dr Mark Stocker is currently a lecturer at University of Otago’s Department of History and Art History, where he has been Associate Professor since 2003. He is an expert on historical European art, particularly in the… Read more »

All Power to the Fro!

Rachel Fiji Buiniga

(Post by Rachel Yates, Curator Pacific Cultures). While studying history in high school I loved the look of Angela Davis, American activist and feminist.  A key part of this look was her afro!  I came to admire the afro again this year, this time from the Fijian buiniga. Over the last four months I have… Read more »

Seaweed, seaweed everywhere and not a plant to eat

What type of crab is this?

Like many Kiwis, to me there are only three types of seaweed: Seaweed Beachus – seaweed washed up at the beach; Seaweed Sushius – seaweed used in sushi; and Seaweed Fish Linius – seaweed that your fishing line gets tangled in. But that terrible seaweed joke, aside from demonstrating my woeful ignorance of seaweed, doesn’t… Read more »

Acknowledging Peter Fatialofa and the Manu Samoa legacy

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 We were all saddened by the recent passing of Auckland and Samoan rugby stalwart Peter Fatialofa (1959-2013). In the last few weeks, much has been written about his wonderful personality and character, his leadership on and off the rugby field and his rich contribution to Samoan and New Zealand rugby. In the 1980s, Peter was… Read more »