Posts tagged with Christmas

Christmas card

Christmas marks that another year has just about gone. Another year of change, doubt, joy, laughter and sorrow. Another year that those who have passed don’t know about. If I made a Christmas card from a photograph in the collection I would probably choose the image above. The photograph, taken by Leslie Adkin on 25… Read more »

Pohutukawa flowering


Pohutukawa are presently flowering strongly in many parts of the country, including the trees planted around Te Papa. What does this tell us about the weather?  National Radio’s Morning Report investigates. Because of its often spectacular summer flowering, pohutukawa (Metrosideros excelsa) is regarded as New Zealand’s own indigenous Christmas tree.  I don’t know for sure… Read more »

Advent adventures

Christmas cake decoration, about 1950. Gift of Annette Baier. GH4855-27. Te Papa

I’ve enjoyed searching through Te Papa’s collections to find items related to Christmas for this year’s advent calendar. Advent calendars developed from a 19th century German Lutheran tradition of counting down the 24 days before Christmas. An advent calendar has 24 doors that you open each day from 1 December to Christmas Eve to reveal… Read more »

Christmas tree tikis at Te Papa

  • tiki decorations on the Te Papa Christmas tree
  • tiki right
  • Christmas tree tiki with sequins
  • Christmas tree tiki

It’s Christmas at Te Papa and this year’s Christmas tree decorations are on a pounamu and paua theme. The colourful creations include tikis as you’ve never seen them before! Here’s one with fabulous tropical looking flowers… But my favourite tiki is this one with it’s red sparkly hearts… If you’d like to make a decoration… Read more »

Christmas in Te Papa’s Collection

New Zealand scenery, 1960s - 1980s, Brian Brake

An angel, mistletoe and pohutukawa are the beginnings of Kirstie’s Christmas in the Collections ‘Advent’ calendar. Each day, Kirstie chooses and adds an object to the page. This is the second year our curators have found Christmas-sy stuff in Collections Online. I love it as it is a very diffent way to look at our… Read more »

Pohutukawa flowering – is it Christmas already?

Pohutukawa on Wellington’s waterfront, 20 June 2009. It is still in flower, over a month later. Image by Leon Perrie, Curator. © Museum of New Zealand Te Papa Tongarewa.

No, it is not Christmas already. (Fortunately the year hasn’t passed by that quickly.) But this pohutukawa on Wellington’s waterfront, opposite Frank Kitts Park, seems to think so. It has been spluttering into flower over the last few weeks. The pohutukawa (Metrosideros excelsa) is New Zealand’s ‘Christmas tree’, its bursting display of red flowers signalling… Read more »

Oh, Christmas squid, oh Christmas squid!

  • Build a Squid, at Te Papa's Colossal Squid exhibition
  • Build a Squid interactive at Te Papa's Colossal Squid exhibition
  • Build a Squid interactive at Te Papa
  • Build a Squid interactive at Te Papa

At last, the day you’ve been waiting for!!! – here at Te Papa you can finally come and see the colossal squid on display for yourself. It’s not even 2pm in the afternoon and heaps of people have already come to see her. Te Papa is filled to bursting with squid fans and squid events so come along… Read more »