Happy 45th wedding anniversary to the Linds, who popped in to see this familiar-looking photo on display recently ❤

(submitted by their whānau Andrew, Jyl, Sofie, Amelia and Trev)
Last week the mighty Whanganui river | Te Awa Tupua was given the legal rights of a person. The battle for recognition of its status - as an entity with which we have a relationship, not a thing to be owned - was already underway when this photo was taken back in the 1880s.

The focus for its guardians (jointly Whanganui iwi and the Crown) is now how to act in the river's best...
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We always remember that the ground we stand on is precious, and we're fortunate to be anchored so strongly here in Te Whanganui-a-Tara | Wellington harbour.

On Saturday we gathered to farewell Whiti Te Rā! The story of Ngāti Toa Rangatira - our local iwi and Te Papa's iwi-in-residence for the last two and a half years. Over 1.3 million people from Aotearoa and around the world have seen this...
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We get a lot of interesting things in our museum donation boxes: iceblock sticks with double-sided sellotape (for attempting to steal money from the boxes, which in our experience never works), used tissues, random foreign currencies...

There was an exciting find recently: a pre-decimal currency NZ 10 shilling note. Perhaps a tourist who was last here many years ago? From its serial number we...
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5cm to spare! Our beloved Tiger Moth, on display since '98, is heading for storage today to make space for something special.

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Before Ngāti Toa depart as our iwi-in-residence, we're borrowing artists like tā moko specialist Taryn Beri! Demonstrating her skills for our visitors, Taryn just finished the beautiful whai | ray on Khali Philip-Barbara's arm below.

If you've ever wondered about (or needed to teach others) the difference between moko and kirituhi | Māori style tattoos, Taryn has an excellent blog to help:
Kohai Grace, weaver of 30 years' experience and wearer of her albatross feather kakahu below, was the first of three Ngāti Toa artists spending time with our visitors this week and practicing their mahi in the museum.

In just a few days we'll farewell Ngāti Toa as our iwi-in-residence.
Rainy day activity - build a Bug Bot!

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Super heroes and super villains: a brief history of superannuation in New Zealand.

Can New Zealand sustain its 119-year-old pension scheme as the population ages?

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Meet the latest addition to New Zealand's fish-n-chip fan club – the laughing gull.

A new bird for New Zealand – laughing gull

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We are all lucky to have such inspiring women in our lives. Who inspires you?

To celebrate International Women's Day, some of our curators explore the theme "Women in the Changing World of Work".

International Women’s Day – inspiring ‘women’s work’

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Over 114 years, Wellington's Central Park has grown a curious history rich in stories, from ‘shrub thieves’ and ‘rock-a-byes’ to a WWII American soldiers' camp.

History curator Kirstie Ross shares some of the highs and lows of one of our oldest public green spaces.

Wellington’s Central Park: A ramble through its history

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If you were a rainbow, how bright would you be?

Here's our latest quiz to test your knowledge of New Zealand Pride history.

Quiz: What type of rainbow are you?

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Our Edgecumbe earthquake house has been shaking up visitors for two decades. Even after some very scary real quakes in recent years, it's still popular.

Have you been in the house? Or were you in the Edgecumbe earthquake which hit the Bay of Plenty 30 years ago today? We'd love to hear your story.
Can designs and fabrics help express who we are?

We celebrate New Zealand fashion designers as “storytellers”.

Telling stories through fashion: A history of eco-friendly Starfish

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Did you know in the 1950s if you bought a fridge in New Zealand it came with a Crown Lynn jug?

You can explore more Crown Lynn stories through our online collection or visit our 'Ngā Toi | Arts Te Papa' exhibition before it closes this Sunday.

Crown Lynn pottery: A Kiwi icon

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If you could take just one precious item with you when fleeing your homeland, what would it be?

"Many communities and former refugees look to Te Papa to care for their taonga, particularly their most precious objects, which remind them of their original homes, or the trauma of leaving, or their new lives in New Zealand." - Stephanie Gibson, Curator Contemporary Life and Culture

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Te Papa curators respond to Donald Trump’s refugee ban

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As a museum, it is important for us to collect and protect many aspects of our culture, environment and history. These treasures from the Canterbury Earthquake Collection remind us of the strength and love behind the recovery and the re-build after the earthquake in 2011.

The Canterbury Earthquake National Memorial Dedication and Civic Memorial Service will be at 12pm today in Christchurch....
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Canterbury Earthquake Collection

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Dusky Sound shows its wild side – from broad-billed prions to humpbacks whales, South Island saddlebacks and knobbled weevils.

As we near the 250th anniversary of Cook’s 1773 voyage through Dusky Sound, Te Papa and DOC took their own journey to explore the biodiversity of this thriving, fragile landscape.

Discover their findings in Kate Hebblethwaite's latest blog: [ Bit.ly Link ]

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When you’re painting in New Zealand’s primeval kauri forests, you still need a tea break.

Te Papa Host, Carol Henderson, recently had the privilege of talking to the great grandson of the legendary artist, Charles Blomfield, while he was standing in front of this magnificent painting, Scene of Kauri Bush, gumdiggers at work, 1892.

“The visitor spoke so fondly of visiting his grandmother as...
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