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Te Papa is a busy place – a really busy place. We’ve set up this blog to give us a space where we can tell you even more of our stories, as they happen. And where you can tell us some of yours − we’d really like to hear from you.

An exhibition opening is the end of a lot of conversations and work – and the beginning of a whole lot more. This blog will let us engage with you, the public, when we are developing an exhibition and keep you posted with latest events and thinking once it’s open for people to come and visit.


The purpose of this blog is to give voice to our experts and collaborators, so the views expressed on this blog are those of the individual contributors. They are not the views of the Museum of New Zealand Te Papa Tongarewa.


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  1. Am I able to send ina photo for identification? If so who to please.

  2. hey jasmine tunnicliffe here my art box is at the museum and i just want to know how to find it so i can show my mum it and i went to kumara school 2011 so i hope i can get to show it to my mum ae
    thank you

  3. (with seriousness,a LOT OF motivation, and good mood!).

  4. Hi,
    We found your blog by chance.
    We are 2 french biology students undergraduated from RENNES 1 university.
    We have 5 months of vacation from March to end of July. We plane to travel in New Zealand. I wander if we could participate in any kind of biology research, or activity link to our studies. (conservation, collection, assistance….or something along this way!)

    References available upon request
    Best regards.
    Isabelle BOURGET and Mathilde Meheut

  5. Hi,
    I’m a student from Wellington High School. Two of us are doing a project about Parihaka and Guy Fawkes. We took some photos of a memorial in Massey, but we were also wondering if we could have permission to use this image of yours: http://tepapa.files.wordpress.com/2009/02/parihaka-memorial.jpg
    Thank you very much for considering this request.
    Yours sincerely,
    Adrija Mazumdar and Mrinali Kumar

  6. Hi , I need info regarding the Spermwhale skeleton. And need an email adress to contact you about it. Kind regards

  7. Hi Te Papa,
    There have been several news articles this year about how well DNA is preserved in egg shells, and how this provides much information the birds. It would be very interesting to see a list of extinct NZ birds for which eggs exist, either collected from nests or found as fossils. Just a suggestion of course:-) Thanks for a great site!

  8. Hi Vincent

    The hooks can be rotated by hand through 360 degrees. There does not appear to be any muscular control of the rotation by the squid (although live specimens have never been observed), so the hook can probably only rotate in response to movement of prey items such as fish that the squid has grabbed.

    These rotating hooks are only found on colossal squid and not ordinary squid.

  9. Hi Te Papa…
    I am just stumble on your good website after linking from wikipedia during my spare time and I really enjoying to learn about giant/collosal squid, especially the process of preserve and study on it. Then I just curious to know about the rotating tentacle hook. My question is actually how do the scientist know it can rotate while actually the specimen already dead (I mean we never actually see the rotating hook of collosal squid on action, did we ?). Or actually it really can simply rotate (move by hand) of the scientist during the study ? And also is the rotating hook also found on smaller ordinary squid ? This collosal squidm it’s just really amazing animal..Thank you so much.

    Surabaya city-Indonesia

  10. Hi Rick,
    I can’t find your previous comment, so I’m afraid you will have to type it again.
    Sorry about that.
    Florence Liger, web admin at Te Papa

  11. OH crud! i just typed a nice comment and as soon as i submitted it it come up blank! Please tell me it worked properly? I do not want to sumit it again if i do not have to! Either the blog bugged out or i am just stuipd :), the latter doesnt surprise me lol.

  12. Please tell me you didn’t actually kill that baby pygmy whale in the name of research??
    I found ur website by accident, and was horrified by the pics and the complete lack of compassion in the notes. Is nothing sacred on this earth?

  13. Hi Brandon

    I am the Communications Manager at Te Papa and would be pleased to assist. Please email me at janek@tepapa.govt.nz with your request.

  14. Hi there,

    This is Brandon Lee from Newsis News Agency and I’m a journalist from South Korea.

    Looking at some photos of the giant squid, I’m very interested in publishing some of them online for Korean readers.

    Will reference Te Papa’s website in the article.

    I wonder if it’s ok with you and would appreciate your reply.

    Kindest regards,

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