Coastline view of Titi Island, Marlborough where Te Papa carried out shearwater research. Photograph by Jean-Claude Stahl. © Te Papa

Te Papa researchers are studying wildlife populations in the field to find out about their diversity and behaviours, distribution and threats, with a programme of research on the shearwaters found nesting in New Zealand. We were privileged to visit Titi Island in the outer Pelorus Sound (Marlborough) for our summer field programme.Read more

Bruce and Simon checking out the fossils in the Waverley Shellbed, north of the settlement at Waverley Beach. The trunks of the fossil trees from the drowned forest can be seen in the distance (Kristelle, 5/12/2010)

Last weekend, 4 and 5 December,  Bruce Marshall (Te Papa’s resident malacologist and Collection Manager Mollusca) and Simon Whittaker (Manager, Te Papa Collections) visited Kristelle Plimmer (Curator, Aotea Utanganui – Museum of South Taranaki) in Patea, and the three of them collected minute land snails (24 species found) and specimensRead more

There were whoops of delight here on the Wellington waterfront as our landmark art collections publication Art at Te Papa was nominated in the illustrated non-fiction category of the 2010 New Zealand Post Book Awards. Winners will be announced at an awards ceremony in Auckland on Friday 27 August 2010.Read more

Jochen Flöthe's photos of the Killer whales or Orca in Wellington Harbour

Here’s proof that there were indeed Orca’s or Killer Whales in Wellington Harbour on Friday. Proof too of what a small, interconnected world we live in! This photo was sent to us by Jochen Flöthe from Kiel, Germany! Jochen’s daughter is back-packing in New Zealand. Her friend Mirja Schnabel took the photos,Read more

New Zealand scenery, 1960s - 1980s, Brian Brake

An angel, mistletoe and pohutukawa are the beginnings of Kirstie’s Christmas in the Collections ‘Advent’ calendar. Each day, Kirstie chooses and adds an object to the page. This is the second year our curators have found Christmas-sy stuff in Collections Online. I love it as it is a very diffentRead more

I just went to the opening of Reactive Architecture and I am blown away. It really is beautiful …and intriguing…. and thought provoking… and fun! The exhibition plays with notions of machines and buildings reacting to light and movement and environment. There was a great moment in the opening blessingRead more

It’s not often we have an urgent request from the exhibition installers for help with Javascript! But last week one of the project managers came, ashen face, asking if anyone could help her with javascript. Of course my team of developers leapt to help and so we became acquainted with theRead more

It’s great that folks are interested in the Play School toys. This week they’re some of the most viewed objects in Collections Online. I’ve also loved the way Invercargill is having a debate on where the clock should be. Read stuff story on the clock I’ll stay out of that, but I’veRead more

Over the past few weeks a couple of us here have been reliving our childhoods looking at the Play School toys in our collection and clips from the shows on NZ On Screen. We’re not curators, we’re just in the web team and the Picture Library so it still delights us whenRead more