• 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.

  • White church building with red roof

    Rātana Church and Mita Ririnui: The colours of service

    Puawai Cairns, Kaihāpai Mātauranga Māori | Head of Mātauranga Māori, talks about the robes of an āpotoro rēhita from the church – a uniform with which she have a personal affinity.

It’s around this time of year that a great debate swells into kiwi conversation and proximity to ice cream is weighed up against sunshine hours and sand preferences. 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.  Read more

In his traditional Christmas blog, Dr Mark Stocker, Curator Historical International Art, looks at the fabulous artist Edward Burne-Jones and how some fascinating items in Te Papa’s collection relate to him and his inspiration.Read more

Woodside and Excursions from Woodside - 1922, 1922, by Leslie Adkin. Gift of G. L. Adkin family estate, 1964. Te Papa (B.023323)

If you’ve visited us recently you’ll have noticed the beautiful ‘Kiwi’ Christmas tree at the entrance to the museum, decorated with jandals, kererū, and pōhutukawa. Here, history curator Katie Cooper explores the history of the Christmas tree in New Zealand.Read more

Over the weekend, we were saddened to hear about the passing of Vivian Lynn on 1 December, 2018, after a long illness. Here, Dr Chelsea Nichols, Curator of Modern Art, reflects on her first encounter with Vivian’s work and on her remarkable contribution to New Zealand art.Read more

‘Peter Peryer’s ability to tap deeply into himself, and into our collective memory, makes him one of the most important New Zealand photographers of recent times.’ Photography curator Athol McCredie shares some thoughts about Peter and his work.Read more