Posts tagged with Whales

Fab facts about whales

The Whales Tohorā team came across some amazing info as we put together the Whales Tohorā exhibition. Things we never knew! And we’re lucky that our marine mammal scientist Anton van Helden is a great cartoonist – and loves drawing whales! So now we’d like to share some of this info with you – we’ll… Read more »

Whale music

The long, curved cry of whale song filled Te Papa’s marae in January this year. Richard Nunns, an authority on ngā taonga pūoro (Māori musical instruments), with the New Zealand String Quartet, was here to play a work by New Zealand composer Gillian Whitehead.  Richard Nunns, taonga püoro expert Puhake ki te rangi, translates as ‘spouting… Read more »

Michael Poole – whale researcher

Every year, a lively and enthusiastic group of scientists meets at the University of Auckland School of Biological Sciences to compare notes about whales. The South Pacific Whales Research Consortium (SPWRC) first met in 1999 as a group of friends who wanted to share their whale research. The group has grown since then and now… Read more »

There’s something about whales…

Since Whales | Tohorā opened at Te Papa on 1 December 2007, visitors of all ages have been touched by these extraordinary mammals and their stories. Almost 90,000 people from all over the world have come to see the exhibition – over 3,000 attended on Saturday 16 February alone! (Te Papa’s 10th birthday celebrations). Bruce… Read more »