A Te Papa visitor looks at Indra's bow through the new clear glass balustrade, funded by the Te Papa Foundation. 2020, Te Papa.

Te Papa Foundation's work in the
Toi Art gallery helps

Support access to contemporary art for thousands

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‘Our mission is to enable Te Papa to study, preserve, enrich and share New Zealand’s national collections. Our support brings this work to the widest possible audience, at a time when this has never been more vital.’


Dayle, Lady Mace | Foundation Chair

SINCE ITS BEGINNINGS

2,500

NEW SPECIES HAVE BEEN
DISCOVERED BY TE PAPA

IN A SINGLE YEAR

70,000

HOURS OF LEARNING WERE DELIVERED 

TO KIWI KIDS AT TE PAPA

OVER

1,700

ARTWORKS HAVE BEEN TREATED

BY TE PAPA CONSERVATORS 

News

Orchid Conservation led by Te Papa

Led by Carlos Lehnebach, Natural History Curator of Botany, Te Papa has been undertaking field work across New Zealand to collect and describe rare and native orchids – of which there are about 20 potentially new orchid species.

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Welcome to Honorary Life Members

It is with warm welcome that the Te Papa Foundation announces that Rt. Hon. Dame Patsy Reddy GNZM CVO QSO DStJ, and Sir David Gascoigne KNZM CBE QSO CStJ have accepted the invitation as Honorary Life Members of the Te Papa Foundation.



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Growing Pasifika Language Weeks

Each year Te Papa’s public programmes team delivers 10 Pasifika language weeks, embracing and sharing Pacific cultures and languages with Te Papa’s visitors.

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Join us for our Spring Fling: Couture of the Absurd reinvented

Te Papa Foundation's inaugural fundraising gala, Couture of the Absurd, has been reinvented. We hope you will join us at Spring Fling of the Curious and the Absurd, our satellite cocktails event and fundraising auction on Saturday, 10th September.

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Brennan Wines official wine partner of Te Papa Foundation

In 2021 the Foundation proudly cemented its relationship with Brennan Wines as the Foundation’s official wine partner.

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Hands-on education grows with new Kiln

A great success of the Te Papa Foundation in 2021 saw the purchase of a kiln for the Learning Programmes team, thanks to the continued generous support of the Withiel Fund Charitable Trust.  

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