Posts tagged with collections

Ferning in Fiji

  • Maidenhair fern, Adiantum capillus-veneris.  This is not native to Fiji but has become a common weed around many parts of Suva. Photo Leon Perrie, Te Papa.
  • A young frond of Blechnum milnei, a Fijian endemic that is closely related to New Zealand’s kiokio, Blechnum novae-zelandiae. Photo Leon Perrie, Te Papa.
  • A Hymenophyllum filmy fern competes for space with mosses and liverworts on a tree trunk in cloud forest on the Delainbukelevu volcano. Photo Leon Perrie, Te Papa.
  • Koru (unfurling frond) of a species of Pneumatopteris fern in Fiji.  Photo Leon Perrie, Te Papa.

I’m lucky to have escaped the end of the New Zealand winter with a work trip to Fiji. This was as part of a Conservation International-funded, international expedition. The trip was led by Matt von Konrat of Chicago’s Field Museum, with local logistics coordinated by Marika Tuiwawa and Alivereti Naikatini of the University of the… Read more »

New Exhibiton – Oceania: Early Encounters at Te Papa

This coming Saturday, 6 August 2011 is the opening of the combined Oceania exhibition between Te Papa and Wellington City Gallery. Te Papa’s exhibition titled Early Encounters will showcase a range of taonga and objects from History, Maori, Pacific Cultures, Art and Natural Environment collections. The three month long show will be open during the… Read more »

Animal and plant collections

Te Papa’s Natural Environment team have revamped their webpages. You can access them here. Collection highlights online include: Big fish Medicinal ferns of the second Maori king Unique bird eggs and skeletons Colossal squid Plants collected during Captain Cook’s first expedition GV Hudson insect collection Nests of extinct birds The following links will take you… Read more »

2011 Māori and Pacific Textile Symposium

2011 Māori and Pacific Textile Symposium The beating of aute, or tapa, is a heartbeat that resounds across the ocean of Kiwa. The harakeke of Aotearoa, symbolising family, acknowledges the relationship of the Pacific people as one, through weaving. These genealogical and material connections will be explored at the inaugural 2011 Māori and Pacific Textile… Read more »

Documenting Samoan to’i ma’a (stone adzes)

Roger Rasmussen, 2009

Since 2009, Roger Rasmussen, alongside his role as a Te Papa host, has vounteered to re-house, measure and photograph a collection of to’i ma’a (stone adze)  from Samoa which were gifted to the museum by Rhys Richards in 1991. Because of Roger’s important work, the images of the collection are now available for viewing on Collections Online. In May last… Read more »

A striking acquisition

This striking work Look Within 2 (2007) by Papua New Guinea artist Daniel Waswas is the latest addition to Te Papa’s collection of contemporary Pacific artworks. It depicts four images of the same person, conveying a message of self reflection and addressing the idea of identity from within one’s own background. In 2009, the painting… Read more »

Collections Online tour; part 4, Places and Categories

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Carrying on our tour of our recent Collections Online release. Previously we’ve discussed Objects, Topics and People. Today; Categories and Places. When we document our collection objects and related knowledge we use controlled vocabulary to describe the type of objects, the subjects and concepts related, the materials they are made of and the techniques used. We… Read more »

See Te Papa on TVNZ6 from tomorrow!

  • Riria Hoter and Simon Morton - your guides to NZ's cultural treasures in Tales from Te Papa
  • Riria Hotere and Simon Morton - your guides to New Zealand's treasures in Tales from Te Papa
  • Riria Hotere and Simon Morton, your guides to the national collection
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Join Simon Morton and Riria Hotere for your personal guided tour of the nation’s treasures when TVNZ6, in partnership with Te Papa and Vero, launch Tales from Te Papa on Tuesday 1 September! Tales from Te Papa is a series of mini-docos (between 2-5 minutes long) showcasing significant objects and taonga from the collections of… Read more »

Collections Online tour; part 3, People and Organisations

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OK so far on our tour of Collections Online we’ve covered Objects and Topics.  These wouldn’t exist without people.  People and organisations Artists and makers, collectors, historical figures; basically people and organisations that are related to the objects or topics in the collection. Take a look at the record for Leslie Adkin;    Or maybe you’re interested in… Read more »