Working in a 150 year old museum library, you become obsessed with rare books and the answers to questions like: when and why was marbling so popular?
Working in a 150 year old museum library you become obsessed with
'Curate' comes from the Latin 'cura', meaning 'to heal'. No surprise then that addressing historical and gender biases in the museum's collection (established as it was, mostly by European men) is something Mātauranga Māori curators Matariki Williams and Migoto Eria have in mind:
Curate comes from the Latin cura meaning to heal No surprise then
Jack Langley Braddock from Lyall Bay, Wellington, was 21 when his name was drawn in the ballot for military service.

At the time he was working as a sign-writer on Cuba St and taking design classes in the evenings after work . Had he come from a wealthier background, he might have gone on to study fine arts.

On April 5th 1917, after basic training, he embarked from Wellington with the 24th...
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Jack Langley Braddock from Lyall Bay Wellington was 21 when his name
Sarah Potter
Keitha Knowles Maxwell
Jay Pot
One of the first instances of contact between Māori and Captain Cook's men, in the remote reaches of Tamatea, or Dusky Sound, took place in 1773. The moment was captured by Cook's artist William Hodges (left), but what of indigenous perspectives on this encounter?

Mātauranga Māori curator Dougal Austin (right) revisits Tamatea:
One of the first instances of contact between Māori and Captain Cooks
Jennifer Letts
Gary Coker
Margaret Cahill
Often educational board games don't exactly endure in terms of popularity...but should! Tempted to borrow Conservation (1970s) from our history vault for the weekend.
Often educational board games dont exactly endure in terms of popularitybut should
Emma Bugden
Courtney Harle
Melinda Bramwell
Tokaanu hot springs, 1885, by the Burton Brothers.

Local iwi Ngati Kurauia have lived alongside the Tokaanu thermal area since the 16th century, recognising it as having wai ora | healing waters.

Its pools and steam vents are used today for puia | cooking with steam, dyeing of clothing, boiling harakeke | flax for raranga | weaving, and of course bathing!
Tokaanu hot springs 1885 by the Burton Brothers
Marilyn Johnston
Josephine Baker
In 1960, Owairaka Running Club members (including Heather Rogers, below) greeted Peter Snell at Whenuapai Airport after his gold medal win in Rome.

"The lucky 6 yr old is me, wearing Peter's medal. That was one of the proudest moments of my life. I wonder how many people have actually worn that medal? I have always wanted to meet Peter, and remind him of his generosity and now his medal...
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In 1960 Owairaka Running Club members including Heather Rogers below greeted Peter
Heather Rogers
Waitapu Sharon McMahon
Jenny Zindel
Welcoming Sir Peter Snell and his treasures onto Te Marae
Diane Willcocks
Even more special than an Easter egg; this is the only egg of the extinct Huia known to exist.

Found in Wainuiomata in 1877, the egg was discovered not in a nest, but inside a bird being skinned - hence the slightly soft shell. It was gifted to the museum by Walter Buller later that year.
Even more special than an Easter egg this is the only egg
Paul Mersi
Sarah Lamberton
Joshua Sua Leifi
Might need your Rain Cape out there

This exceptionally rare type of cloak is covered in stems of dyed brown and red puakarimu | club moss, with a foundation woven from muka | flax fibre. It comes from Taupo, where the Tuwharetoa people call it a kahu pureke.

Stay safe Aotearoa. #CycloneCook
Might need your Rain Cape out there This exceptionally rare type of
Chantel Clayton
Which book did you love as a kid? Show or tell us in the comments - we might just send you a prize...

A StoryPlace theme starts next week: Once Upon a Time

He pārongo | information:
Which book did you love as a kid Show or tell us
Eowyn Starr
Patty Cake
Cushla Kemp
Introducing the Kapokapowai | Giant New Zealand Bush Dragonfly: see the huge muscles attached to its wings, which power its flight? Those explain the dragonfly's amazing agility. Most bugs can't control their wings directly; instead, they flex their body to move their wings.

We say bye to our much loved Bug Lab exhibition on April 17.

Share a bug fact in the comments below to win prizes
Introducing the Kapokapowai Giant New Zealand Bush Dragonfly see the huge muscles
Halcione Hoare
Linley-Jane Shand
Selina Hargreaves
When John Clarke handed his gumboots over to us, they were covered in grass and mud - he'd just mowed the lawns in them.

Curator Steph Gibson remembers meeting a legend:
When John Clarke handed his gumboots over to us they were covered
Rex Boaden
Raquel Hunter
Max Renshaw-Fox
RIP John Clarke, comedy legend and creator of the iconic Kiwi character Fred Dagg, whose gumboots are held in our history collections. All the Trevs will be as gutted as we are.
RIP John Clarke comedy legend and creator of the iconic Kiwi character
Te Papa
Alison Joss
Sarah Canning
Sir Peter Snell is generously gifting us some special taonga, and here's a personal favourite. Snell chose to wear this shoe made by his coach Arthur Lydiard at the 1960 Rome Olympics (over the Adidas freebies) when winning gold in the 800m. What a pair! tepapa.govt.nz/snelldonation

There's a mystery too - does anyone know where the left shoe is?
Sir Peter Snell is generously gifting us some special taonga and heres
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Faye Gregory
Did you know: before reliable radio, the government took it upon itself to help shipwreck survivors in the Subantarctic islands, by setting up depots with life's essentials (including 3-piece suits).

For 50 years from 1877, a state-owned steamship made regular trips south to search for survivors and restock goods. This castaway suit is thought to have been made in Dunedin around 1900 -...
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Did you know before reliable radio the government took it upon itself
Brett Neely
Logan Clothing
Aindriú Macfehin
Insects: food for the future?

Try a locust burger before #BugLab closes on April 17 if you're unconvinced...or make one at home [ Bit.ly Link ]
Esme Taylor
Logan Armstrong
Hiwa Asher
How did *you* react to our Gallipoli exhibition? Tell us in the comments and we’ll give away some special spot prizes...
Te Papa
Brittany Chez Cox
Richard Taylor
In spider news today, researchers have found that the world's population of spiders could eat every human on earth in a year, and they'd still be hungry.

We're still finding new ones too - here's just a handful of spiders discovered in New Zealand since 2002.

Got a spider question? [ Bit.ly Link ]
In spider news today researchers have found that the worlds population of
Rochelle Dalziel
Tami Hoet
Brett Neely
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)
Happy 45th wedding anniversary to the Linds who popped in to see
Amelia Lind
Sandra Lind
Noa Tereu