Aaron visiting the Monterey Bay Aquarium in California. The squid in the tank behind him are big-fin reef squid. And that is an octopus on his t-shirt. As Aaron explains ‘…my passion for cephalopods is prominent in my attire as well as my household belongings.’ © Aaron Boyd Evans

On Tuesday 16th September Te Papa will be hosting a very special event. A colossal squid, recently caught in the Ross Sea, will be examined by scientists and you can watch as we live stream the action on YouTube from 11am. Our presenter will be Veronika Meduna, from Radio NewRead more

Have you heard the roars yet? We’ve had an overwhelming response to our visiting T.rex puppet Scotty!   We are really lucky that Scotty has been able to visit us to help promote our forthcoming exhibition, Tyrannosaurs – Meet the Family, which opens at Te Papa on September 27! We’reRead more

Scientists examine tissue around the colossal squid's eye, 2008. Photographer: Jean-Claude Stahl © Te Papa

Colossal squid are the heaviest invertebrates on Earth, with specimens reported weighing in at 495kg – that’s nearly eight times as heavy as the average human! Despite their size, large colossal squid specimens in good condition are rarely available to scientists. That’s why scientists from Auckland University of Technology (AUT)Read more

Do you recognise these hooks? Photographer: Jean-Claude Stahl © Te Papa

Te Papa is excited to announce that there’s something big – extremely big – in our freezer. It’s got eight arms and two tentacles, with some rather fearsome looking hooks. It’s got eyes the size of a soccer ball. It’s got a doughnut-shaped brain. Can you guess what it isRead more

It is with sadness that we farewell Helen Mason, potter, first editor of the New Zealand Potter and great friend and mentor of the craft/arts community. Helen Mason’s involvement in the arts, from the early days of the studio pottery movement to her more recent endeavours, has become legendary. HerRead more

Illustrator Sarah Laing and speed dating students. Photographer: Norm Heke © Te Papa

Last week Te Papa hosted 90 students from Wellington-area schools for a special speed date. Of the literary kind. The event starred contributors to the recent Te Papa Press publication The Curioseum: Collected Stories of the Odd and Marvellous, including Dave Armstrong, James Brown, Sarah Laing and Jo Randerson, asRead more

On Sunday we’ll be saying goodbye to our multimedia exhibition OurSpace to make room for the next exciting step towards Te Papa’s flagship exhibition commemorating 100 years since WWI. We are incredibly grateful to everyone who has contributed images and videos to OurSpace, which opened in 2008. More than 10,000 images and videos wereRead more

A birds-eye-view of the imaging process. Photograph by Riah King-Wall. © Te Papa

By Riah King-Wall, intern Kia ora – I’m Riah King-Wall, and for the past five weeks I’ve been digging into some of the fascinating bits and pieces housed within the Museum of New Zealand Te Papa Tongarewa. Here on placement from the Master of Museum and Heritage Studies programme atRead more

By Rebecca Nuttall, intern “Banana playing a blue accordion.” What? My name is Rebecca Nuttall. I’ve been an intern at Te Papa and I’m describing this print to you. You’re going to love it. That’s not true. You may hate it. But how would you know? I don’t think youRead more

by Ricardo L. Palma, Curator of Terrestrial Invertebrates Evolving without wings, humans dreamed about flying for thousands of years… but only just over 100 years ago they invented a heavier-than-air machine which could fly and take them to the skies. However, long long ago, natural evolution had already provided theRead more

E te rangatira, e te totara haemata, e te pou matua i whakapau kaha ki te tiaki  i nga mahi toi me nga whare pupuri taonga o Aotearoa, haere, haere, haere atu ra. Kua ripia kua haehaea mai te tau o te ate i te mamae, i te paapouri oRead more