Haere mai (welcome). We're back LIVE at Kaumātua Kapa Haka 2017 for the last performances of the weekend.

Over 500 Māori elders from around the country are performing tribal waiata (songs) and haka in the finale to our #Matariki festival.

Watch all the performances over the 2 days at
Rowena Dunn
Sandra Lynne Haston
Alexandria Rogers-Hoff
We're live for Kaumātua Kapa Haka: Day 1!

Te Papa is packed out as over 500 Māori elders perform tribal waiata (songs) and haka (dance).

We're going to be live-streaming all the performances across the weekend at
Te Papa
Mary Margaret Picard
Katherine Anania-Christensen
Take a look at these awesome students from Sacred Heart school and Queen Margaret college soaking up tech inspiration at Te Papa Digital for #shadowtech day. Thanks NZTech!
Take a look at these awesome students from Sacred Heart school and
Chanel Furborough
Over the weekend we had a jam-packed schedule of Matariki events to celebrate the beginning of the Māori New Year.

It's not too late to join in. See all the events we have coming up this week
Over the weekend we had a jampacked schedule of Matariki events to
Alexa J S Masina
Heather Thompson
The nights are long, and Matariki is rising. Time to start looking more closely at the night sky above you?

Send us a photo that reflects on the theme 'Night Sky' - our winner (as judged by our Curator of Photography) will get a special behind-the-scenes tour of our photography store.
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: Sean Gillespie @SeanDG
The nights are long and Matariki is rising Time to start looking
Helen Tam
How does a museum represent contemporary teenage lives?

Nina Tonga, Curator Pacific Art took on this challenge with Sir Edmund Hillary Collegiate students, who have been considering the objects that represent their daily lives, and that counter stereotypical representations of their home town of Otara:
How does a museum represent contemporary teenage lives
Which of the Te Papa Store’s ‘Curated for Your Home’ collection below is your favourite? Let us know in the comments and we might just give it to you!

For the full range:
Which of the Te Papa Stores Curated for Your Home collection below
Gabrielle Wheddon
Elizabeth Berge
Sandra Howlett
“I never dreamt of working in a museum, as Ngai Tūhoe often viewed museums suspiciously as the place where our taonga go to die - but since working here I have seen the aroha that goes into the care, the research and the display of all taonga, including those from Te Urewera. My home.

As a public programmes specialist I get to engage our visitors with our exhibitions and collections, which...
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I never dreamt of working in a museum as Ngai Tūhoe often
Ruth Mackenzie
Kate Camp
On Sunday we warmly welcomed Rongowhakaata Iwi as our new iwi in residence.

Later in 2017, this relationship will see over 100 taonga | treasures on display at Te Papa in their exhibition Ko Rongowhakaata: The Story of Light and Shadow.

Last month some of our staff were lucky enough to visit Rongowhakaata’s rohe in Tūranganui-a-Kiwa to meet the community, spending several days on Whakatō...
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On Sunday we warmly welcomed Rongowhakaata Iwi as our new iwi in
Awhina Tamarapa
"What makes Te Papa is the people. Being able to interact with visitors is brilliant. We don't have to be the 'bad guys' much. The main thing we do is help people with where they need to go, and alarm / CCTV monitoring. That’s much more common than dealing with incidents.

My biggest day on the job was when a guy smashed through the window on Level 4. We had to tackle him down to the ground....
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What makes Te Papa is the people Being able to interact with
Matthew Beveridge
Quinn Le Cheminant
Wayne Shaw
Downtime in our Art storeroom means...learning the moves to CHELSEA JADE's Life of the Party dance.
Gala Georgette
Ross Taurima
Penny Auckram
New Zealand has been proudly Nuclear Free for 30 years today. It took a lot of activism to get to this point - iconic symbols being part of the movement.

The creator of the 'peace sign' or (Campaign for Nuclear Disarmament sign), Gerald Holtom, recalled: “I was in despair. Deep despair. I drew myself: the representative of an individual in despair, with hands palm outstretched outwards and...
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New Zealand has been proudly Nuclear Free for 30 years today It
Christa Neumann
Introducing Steve Moorhouse, Public Programmes Specialist #HumansOfTePapa

"There are very few workplaces that have such a prime location. Well apart from when I worked at Kelly Tarlton’s in Auckland (that was a pretty unique waterfront location too). Te Papa is like nowhere else. The bicultural model of the museum, and being involved in processes such as repatriation, are very significant to...
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Introducing Steve Moorhouse Public Programmes Specialist HumansOfTePapa
100 years ago today during the Battle of Messines, Wellington College old boy Wyville Rutherford showed "conspicuous gallantry" for which he was awarded a Military Cross. Neither the soldier or his medal made it home.

This woolen version of Wyville, created by his fiance Dorothy Broad when he left New Zealand, is all she had to remember him by. Curator Kirstie Ross tells his story:
100 years ago today during the Battle of Messines Wellington College old
Amelia Ruscoe
Beverley Francis
This 1970s Chopper bike was won by 8-year-old Geoffrey Timmings in an apple-and-pear-pip-collecting competition, run by the Wellington Fruiterer's Association.

At the time, Geoffrey was undergoing treatment for a malignant brain tumour. Friends, neighbours and nurses all contributed to his winning pile of more than 6000 pips.

Geoffrey received his bike in June 1974. His mother Jennifer...
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This 1970s Chopper bike was won by 8yearold Geoffrey Timmings in an
Alan Hill
Debbie Cogger Griffin
Melissa Wells
All Blacks, Black Ferns and Official Lions Rugby fans: you can now see some very special rugby-related treasures on display, including jerseys from the 1905's Originals and Rugby World Cup-winning All Blacks

: Rachael Hockridge
All Blacks Black Ferns and Official Lions Rugby fans you can now
Delena West
Melissa Wells
A new report says that New Zealand's native birds are in a "desperate state" with 80% at risk of extinction. We'd rather see them in the bush than in our storerooms.

The Matuhi or Bush Wren went extinct in the 1960s. Conservationist Herbie Guthrie-Smith was one of the last people to spend time with one, and wrote:

"The conversational note of the birds amongst the low vegetation, where their...
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A new report says that New Zealands native birds are in a
Te Papa
Mary Smith
Kaleb Chan
New Zealanders have been talking about 'Zealandia' long before anyone else was.

Our geologist-in-residence Hamish Campbell explains why: [ Bit.ly Link ]
New Zealanders have been talking about 'Zealandia' long before anyone else was
Meredyth Anderson
Mary Amanda Richmond
The first person to walk through our doors on Opening Day, 1998, was legendary America's Cup yachtsman and environmentalist Sir Peter Blake.

Sir Peter Blake, KBE, won every significant bluewater race on the planet. He slashed the record for the fastest non-stop circumnavigation of the world under sail - and then turned his focus to caring for the environment, embarking on a mission to show...
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The first person to walk through our doors on Opening Day 1998
Helen Baker
Gregory Cleave
Jayne Lyon
Conservator Anne Peranteau adds some extra 'muscle' beneath Richie McCaw's shirt as we prepare to open our new rugby exhibition this Friday!
Conservator Anne Peranteau adds some extra muscle beneath Richie McCaws shirt as
Claire Knowles
Dylan Wharepapa-Pera
Clare Rowley