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Thank you Wellington

This afternoon, Wellington City Councillors voted to reinstate funding Te Papa at $2.25 million per annum. Initially, Wellington City Council draft long term plan had proposed a reduction in funding from $2.25 million to $1 million per year for the next 10 years. Te Papa Chief Executive, Michael Houlihan would like to thank all Wellingtonians who… Read more »

Delighted to have two finalists in New Zealand Post Book Awards

Te Papa Press, New Zealand’s unique museum publisher, are delighted to advise that two of its books are finalists in the prestigious annual New Zealand Post Book Awards. The finalists, announced last week, were selected from 160 entries and are described by the judges as “diverse and exciting”. Whatu Kākahu: Māori Cloaks edited by Awhina… Read more »

Transit of Venus Botany

Today is the transit of Venus, when that planet passes in front of the sun. Hopefully the bad weather blanketing much of New Zealand doesn’t preclude at least some people from observing the event. Observing the transit was one of Captain Cook’s primary objectives for the Endeavour expedition, and this was done in Tahiti in… Read more »

Remembering Malifa School in Samoa

  • Malifa handbook; FE010588; Te Papa
  • Malifa handbook FE010588 002
  • Malifa handbook FE010588 002
  • Malifa handbook; FE010588; Te Papa

To celebrate le vaiaso o le gagana Sämoa (Samoan language week) I have decided to draw attention to a small handbook which was gifted to the museum in 1954. The front cover of this handbook indicates that it was presented to Mr and Mrs D A J Rutherford in 1936. The Rutherfords had arrived in… Read more »

Will you be Te Papa’s 20 millionth visitor?

Kahu the Kea celebrates the 20 millionth visitor at Te Papa

During the month of May, we are expecting to reach the milestone of 20 million visitors since opening in 1998. We are so excited that our partners and sponsors want to celebrate this with us, and have put together a great prize package for our 20 millionth visitor. The prize will be presented as they… Read more »

Fresh on the bookshelf – Tangata o le Moana: New Zealand and the People of the Pacific

Aotearoa New Zealand is home to a large Pasifika population. This illustrated collection of essays is the first of its kind to tell their stories – from the legendary feats of the ancestors of modern Māori, to the politically explosive dawn raids of the 1970s, and beyond. This beautiful book is lavishly illustrated with hundreds of historical… Read more »

Common ferns

Hound's tongue fern, Microsorum pustulatum.

Would you like to learn to recognise some of New Zealand’s ferns? “Fernland” was an early colloquial name for New Zealand, so it’s almost patriotic to be able to recognise a few of the country’s ferns! I’ve put together notes and images for 13 common species, showing how to distinguish them and where you might find… Read more »

Talk: mapping NZ’s plants

Hooker’s spleenwort fern (Asplenium hookerianum) and its distribution in New Zealand based on specimens in Te Papa’s collection.

Next Tuesday night (27th March), I’m giving a talk at Wellington’s Otari Wilton’s Bush about how (and why) maps are generated from dried plant specimens in collections like those of Te Papa. I’ll also introduce some of the new internet tools that are making distribution information about New Zealand’s plants more readily available. Details: 7.30pm,… Read more »