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Orchid Conservation led by Te Papa

Led by Carlos Lehnbach, 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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New stereo-microscope unveils layers of history

Te Papa Foundation are delighted to announce its goal of acquiring a new stereo-microscope and specialist camera attachment has been achieved, through the generous support of Webb’s.

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Rita Angus comes to life at Te Papa

Over the course of 2020 and 2021 the Te Papa Foundation actively fundraised to support Te Papa’s efforts to bring the works of Rita Angus to the walls of Toi Art, with the Rita Angus New Zealand Modernist exhibition, at Te Papa until 25 April 2022.

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Taking StoryPlace online

With the continued uncertainty that Omicron delivers to our communities, Te Papa Foundation support funding a pilot programme to take StoryPlace online.

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Alexander Shaw Tapa Sampler arrives at Te Papa

Te Papa recently acquired the Alexander Shaw Tapa Sampler, made possible with the generous support of the Disney Art Trust and Te Papa Foundation. 

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