• People in a Pride Parade

    Why celebrating pride matters

    Drew Hadwen, co-director of the Wellington Pride Festival 2019 (8–24 March), recently spoke to the Friends of Te Papa about the work that has gone into celebrating pride in Aotearoa. Here, they share their talk.

  • People playing in the sea

    An alternative guide to New Zealand’s best beaches

    While our personal connections to the takutai (coast) mean that there can never be a definitive list of Aotearoa’s best beaches, here is our version, compiled by Te Papa staff with images from Collections Online.

  • Fakaofo Atoll Tokelau

    Community in Tokelau: Learning from ‘atoll life’

    As part of Tokelauan Language Week, Media producer Kate Whitley explores the photos of Glenn Jowitt and talks with Paula Faiva about growing up in Tokelau and the importance of the inati (equal portions) system that underpins island life.

Our region’s biodiversity is fragile, and held in trust as many tiny sites like Phillip Island, Australia. With changing climate and many other pressures, we should be aiming to make the species more resilient to withstand the coming stormy weather, says Head of Science Susan Waugh.Read more

Bill Culbert, Croagnes, 1978, gelatin silver print, Te Papa (O.003931)

New Zealand expatriate artist Bill Culbert passed away on 28 March 2019. Here, curator of photography Athol McCredie, and Curator of Modern & Contemporary Māori & Indigenous Art, Megan Tamati-Quennell, reflect on some aspects of Culbert’s work. Read more

Robert wearing blue gloves holds a copper knife

Conservator Robert Clendon takes us through the conservation techniques he’s using on some of the international material in our collections – two Greek objects around 2,500 years old, and a 1894 copy of the famous Portland Vase.Read more

University of Auckland student Susannah Whaley has spent her MA year intrigued by Rita Angus’s goddess portraits. As our guest blogger, she focusses on three fascinating, but little-known works, and asks whether they are self-portraits, goddesses, or both.Read more

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Drew Hadwen, co-director of the Wellington Pride Festival 2019 (8–24 March), recently spoke to the Friends of Te Papa about the work that has gone into celebrating Pride in Aotearoa. Here, we share their speech with you.Read more

Museums can sometimes feel like alien spaces for young learners, a place where words like ‘play’ and ‘explore’ might not always be an immediate association. But for educator Martin Langdon, these are the key drivers he keeps in mind when designing learning programmes aimed at learners under 5-years-old.Read more

Crab

Summer research scholar Katrin O’Donnell explains why we need people to care about the weird and wonderful invertebrate animals which make up the majority of the planet’s biomass, and her investigations into how invertebrate scientists around the world can engage with non-scientists and vice-versa.Read more