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See the world the bugs built – Bug Lab opens today!

Caption competition: the best entries win tickets to Bug Lab, opening tomorrow!

Can you idenfity this fluffball; the first New Zealand bird to be given a published scientific name back in 1777?

Botanists, Mt Waiopehu, 1928.

Our Natural History team has just returned from a lost world.

Dusky Sound is amongst the remotest of remote places; a southern corner of Fiordland where little seems to have changed since early Māori or Captain Cook entered Tamatea | Dusky Bay. If you know where to look, though, there's evidence of fortunes sought and battles fought.

Curator Colin Miskelly reports:
We can't wait to open Bug Lab this Saturday! Here's a sneak peek...

To win tickets, tag friend you'd like to bring

First intimate look at the creepy crawlies: WETA and Te Papa team up for bugs exhibition

Te Papa researcher Hokimate Harwood specialises in decoding feathers, materials and hidden messages in kākahu (Māori feather cloaks). The goal is to return context to unidentified taonga - so that one day, they can be returned to their connections.

Te Papa researcher Hokimate Harwood specialises in decoding feathers, materials and hidden messages in kākahu (Māori feather cloaks).

This requires expert knowledge of ecology, microscopy, history and taonga Māori to name a few fields. The goal? To return context to unidentified taonga, meaning they can eventually be returned to their connections.
It is with great sadness that we acknowledge the passing of former Te Papa staff member Awanuiārangi (Awanui or Awa) Black.

A renowned kapa haka exponent, composer, historian, Te Reo advocate, orator and lecturer, his drive to serve and support Māori communities with his formidable set of skills and talents, is a continued theme throughout his life.

Amongst his amazing mahi at Te Papa,...
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Samoan tatau (tattoo) artists Sulu’ape Steve Looney and Tuigamala Andy Tauafiafi demonstrate their skills on our Curator Pacific Cultures, Sean Mallon. Feel free to ask them questions

How do you keep 2 million treasures safe in an earthquake?

Well, with some pretty low tech solutions as well as the high tech ones!

Dr Mark Stocker, Curator International Historical Art, puts Museum Quake Wax to the test...

To win some Quake Wax, tell us which object in your home is most important to you to keep safe.
Tramping in the Tararuas, 1922.

Which bug is this - jewel wasp, sunset beetle or dragonfly?

Test your bug knowledge:

Tell us how you did - we have Bug Lab tickets to give away
This poster was collected in 2014, following three violent attacks against female students walking along a public pathway in Wellington.

There are many people doing amazing mahi to reduce, and support victims of, physical and sexual violence in New Zealand. Here are some to support this #WhiteRibbonDay:
Untitled (1971), by Michael Illingworth.

Outspoken and anti-authoritarian, Illingworth embraced 1970s counter-culture and its environmentalist philosophy. Of Lake Manapouri, whose unspoiled beauty was threatened by a power station, he wrote: ‘Seal it entirely from the junk of our civilisation - let man only go there naked and on foot to learn to love this land as do our Māori hosts.’
Out of over 2 million treasures, nine incurred damage during the 7.8 earthquake on Monday. We <3 our base isolators...!

Te Papa's building and collection largely unscathed in earthquake

Tell us your best bug fact – we’ve got prizes to give away including The Genius of Bugs books from Te Papa Press!

Bug Lab opens December 10.

Textile conservation intern Kiera Miller looks at the history of the humble pocket:
We recently found some film reels in our archive that probably haven't been watched in 70 years - including this one documenting a slice of conservation history.

"It's either a damn big swampy [pukeko], or it's it" whispered Dr Geoffrey Orbell as one of New Zealand's greatest wildlife stories emerged from behind a tussock on this day in 1948 - the "extinct" takahē, alive in the Murchison...
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Which artwork would you like to see at Te Papa?

A spectacular new art space is coming.