Posts tagged with Wellington

European Masters closes this Sunday

Well it’s coming to that sad time when exhibitions are about to close and a lot of people are always in the habit of putting things a off to the last minute so… I thought I would help you all out with a bit of a reminder in the hope you don’t have end up… Read more »

Native plants for your garden

Titoki, Alectryon excelsus.

Do you live in the Wellington region, want to have native plants in your garden, but don’t know what to choose? Then the Greater Wellington Regional Council has produced just what you need: the Wellington Regional Native Plant Guide.  I attended the recent launch of the revised 2010 edition. Wellington Regional Native Plant Guide. Lists… Read more »

Great white shark new arrival at Te Papa

  • Sensory organs on the shark's head.  Photo by Jane Keig.
  • Inside the mouth of a great white shark.  Photo by Jane Keig.
  • Parasites found on the shark. Photo by Jane Keig.
  • The great white shark's underside. Photo by Jane Keig.

This morning, our fish team went to a small boatshed in Breaker Bay on Wellington’s south coast to pick up a great white shark.  Not your normal morning mission and a bittersweet one at that as these creatures are endagered animals and a protected species.  The shark had been ensnared in a fishing net and… Read more »

Celebrate World Refugee Day 2010

Smack bang in the middle of Matariki, the Maori New Year and all the creative (indoor!) activities that are taking place at the Matariki Festival at Te Papa, World Refugee Day is one of our key times to celebrate and discuss the diversity of our beautiful people and places, and the freedom we enjoy. This year… Read more »

Race Relations Day 2010

  • Patrick from The Mixing Room, Photographed by Kate Whitley
  • Patrick from The Mixing Room, Kate Whitley, 2009
  • Patrick
  • The Mixing Room

The theme for Race Relations Day 2010 is ‘It’s About Us – Whānau’ and we are officially celebrating it on Sunday 21st March – this weekend!  In the days around Race Relations Day community groups, councils, schools, workplaces, marae and places of worship are encouraged to host events and celebrations to acknowledge the value of… Read more »

The Mixing Room at Te Papa wins award

  • Freedom banner made in screen-printing workshop
  • 101009TePapaScreenPrintingCHC 310
  • Screen-printing workshop in Christchurch
  • Cast glass workshop in Auckland

The Mixing Room Team are the very proud recipients of the New Zealand Race Relations Commissioner Kaihautū Whakawhanaunga-ā-Iwi award for positive contributions to race relations. The Mixing Room, stories from young refugees in New Zealand is a collaborative project between Te Papa and more than 70 refugee background young people from diverse communities, including Afghani, Bhutanese,… Read more »

Hybrid hunt turns up more weedy natives

Meryta sinclairii, puka.  Self-sown saplings near Porirua.  Photo by Leon Perrie, Curator. © Te Papa.

I was out last week with Tim Park from the regional council looking for Pseudopanax hybrids between lancewood and coastal five-finger near Porirua.    Coastal five-finger and the hybrids are weeds in the Wellington region. Previous post on lancewood and coastal five-finger hybridisation. We spotted a couple of other weedy natives – New Zealand species that… Read more »

Amgueddfa blog

Michael Houlihan, Te Papa’s newly appointed CEO, is currently Director General of Amgueddfa Cymru National Museum Wales. http://www.museumwales.ac.uk/ In a recent post on the Amgueddfa blog Michael talks about his decision to make the big move from Wales to New Zealand: http://www.museumwales.ac.uk/en/blog/?cat=409 I was checking out pictures on the Amgueddfa blog of the wildlife and woodlands in the snow… Read more »