• Over-looked for a century: Macquarie Island shag added to the New Zealand list

    Curator Colin Miskelly shares his research resulting in the addition of a new (or old) bird to the official New Zealand bird list.

  • A lady crosses a boardwalk in a barren red-earth landscape

    A nature wonderland at Norfolk Island

    Head of Science Susan Waugh describes her trip to Phillip Island, a few kilometres offshore from Norfolk Island, to study the Kermadec petrel.

  • 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.

Today marks one hundred years ago Sir Edmund Hillary was born. Te Papa recently acquired a pendant featuring a rock Sir Edmund Hillary collected from the first successful summit of Mt Everest / Chomolungma. History curator Stephanie Gibson tells us more.Read more

In 2011, Alastair Johnson was hunting for fossils on a remote beach in Taranaki. Three million-year-old fossil oysters and scallops are common but remains of vertebrates are much rarer. However, on this occasion, something magical appeared out of the rock – the most complete fossil albatross skull ever found. Curator of vertebrates Alan Tennyson tells us more.Read more

Te Papa holds a surprising treasure trove of tropical land snails in its collection. These snails have important biological data to share, but remained overlooked for the last century – until Rodrigo Salvador became interested…Read more

Man in lab coat holds large fish dead in each hand

Some of the fishes in our collection were collected over 100 years ago. Fish Collection Manager Andrew Stewart explains how these ‘time capsules of data’ are central in current research.Read more

Photography Curator Athol McCredie’s new book The New Photography: New Zealand’s first-generation contemporary photographers has just been published by Te Papa Press. It is accompanied by an exhibition that runs until 13 October. The book and exhibition feature eight photographers who were working in a personal documentary manner from the mid-1960s to the mid-1970s.Read more

In 2015, ecologists Chris Stowe and Claire Newell found a strange fern during a vegetation survey in Whirinaki Forest, in the eastern North Island. They sent a frond to Te Papa’s fern experts Leon Perrie and Patrick Brownsey, who were also puzzled. This fern was clearly a Dicksonia tree fern but didn’t match any known species. Was it a new species?Read more