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Foundation UK's first in-person event in two years

A cocktail and canape event was held in London on Friday 15th October, the first in-person event for the UK Te Papa Foundation for two years. Generously hosted at the home of Craig Fenton and Meredith Townsley-Fenton, we were joined by 30 guests who enjoyed delicious canapes made by food blogger Meredith and a mixologist providing freshly-made cocktails.

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Chris and Kathy Parkin host donor event in Martinborough

In early November we held an intimate garden event in Martinborough with the support of Chris and Kathy Parkin, who recently gifted the Foundation a significant piece of art -  ‘That Vase’ by Dame Robin White.

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Te Papa staff accolades

A new genus of clubmosses and influential alumni connect staff both past and present at Te Papa

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Re-opening of Te Papa

We reflect on the re-opening of the museum after 2021's lockdown period.

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Patridge Jewellers - Six generations of sparkling contributions

Partridge Jewellers have come on board as our named partner for our annual major event. Here we talk to Managing Director, Grant Partridge, about the legacy of this iconic brand and the importance of these partnerships.

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Te Papa Chef's Showcase

See the decadent five course degustation the Te Papa chefs recently put together for a special Foundation dinner. It certainly made us feel extremely lucky to have such world-class culinary talent at our fingertips.


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'That Vase' by Dame Robin White and Tamari Cabeikanacea donated to Te Papa

That Vase, 2019 is the most recent collaboration of Dame Robin White and Fijian artist Tamari Cabeikanacea who have been creating collaborative works since 2017.

The work was recently purchased for the collection through the generous support of Chris and Kathy Parkin.

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Accidentally Surrealist exhibition in the Euan and Ann Sinclair Gallery

Photographs from Te Papa’s collection will respond to the major Surrealism exhibition opening in Toi Art in June

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Work of an important botanist, once thought lost, potentially uncovered in our collections.

Herbarium specimens stored at Te Papa for almost 150 years may be those of German botanist Johannes Fluegge (1775-1816), whose botanical garden was destroyed by French troops in 1813 and botanical collections thought to be lost.

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Curator Modern Art Lizzie Bisley pays tribute to Christchurch artist Bill Hammond.

We were deeply saddened to hear of the death of Bill Hammond. Hammond made a huge contribution to New Zealand art over the past 40 years. Best known for his magical, haunting bird paintings, his work has engaged deeply with Aotearoa’s environmental and colonial history.

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