Tales from Te Papa

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Tales From Te Papa is a television series of mini-documentaries about objects from the collection of the Museum of New Zealand Te Papa Tongarewa (Te Papa) and the activities of the Museum staff. The series is a partnership between Television New Zealand and the Museum of New Zealand Te Papa Tongarewa.[1] The series was commissioned by Television New Zealand for TVNZ6, a digital channel and New Zealand's first fully public service broadcasting channel without advertising breaks.[2] Each episode runs for 5 to 8 minutes and shows on rotation in what would be the advertising break between programmes. Since TVNZ6 changed format to TVNZU on 1 March 2011 the series has moved to TVNZ7.[3]

The series was produced by Gibson Group and each episode is hosted by either Simon Morton or Riria Hotere. A host interviews subject experts about a particular object or the behind-the-scenes work the Museum does.

Series 2009 Episodes 1 - 50[edit]

Episode Number Title & Link to Episode on YouTube Origin Object Date Description Te Papa's Collections Online link Host & Additional contributors
1 Cloud by John Reynolds New Zealand 2006 An artwork made up of over 7,000 separate canvases of New Zealand English by John Reynolds Cloud by John Reynolds Simon Morton & Charlotte Huddleston, Curator
2 Hei Tiki New Zealand Unknown Jade Pedant (Hei-tiki) belonging to Guide Sophia Hei tiki Simon Morton & Dr Huhana Smith, Senior Curator
3 Kahu Kuri New Zealand 1500–1800 Polynesian Dog skin cloaks worn by Māori Cloak and Taxidermied Polynesian Dog (Kurī) Simon Morton & Awhina Tamarapa, Curator
4 Rugby Ball & John Minto New Zealand 1956 & 1981 Rugby History in New Zealand - The rugby ball from the All Blacks Series win against the Springboks in 1956 and a helmet of John Minto, protester of the Springbok Tour 1981 Rugby Ball and John Minto's Helmet Simon Morton & Kirstie Ross, Curator
5 Albatross New Zealand 1880s to present Biggest collection of Albatross birds in the world Albatross specimens Simon Morton & Sandy Bartle, Curator
6 Beaked Whales New Zealand waters 1874 to present Largest collection of Beaked whale skeletons in the world and the Spade toothed whale Beaked Whale Specimens Simon Morton & Anton van Helden, Collection Manager
7 Giant Ammonite New Zealand Jurassic Biggest Shellfish ever found in New Zealand Not found in Collections Online Riria Hotere & Dr Hamish Campbell, Geologist, GNS Science
8 Puffer Fish Helmet Kiribiti 1800s Armour and weapons from Kiribati Puffer Fish Helmet and model Kiribati Warrior and Sting ray belt and Hand weapon (Rere) and Amour Riria Hotere & Sean Mallon, Senior Curator
9 Fijian War Clubs Fiji 1880s Lots of war clubs from Fiji Fijian War Clubs Model of Fijian Warrior Riria Hotere & Sean Mallon, Senior Curator
10 Angel of the Annunciation by Colin McCahon New Zealand 1947 One of New Zealand's greatest artists - Colin McCahon and his early works Angel of the Annunciation and King of the Jews and Entombment: after Titian and Christ taken from the Cross and The valley of dry bones Riria Hotere & William McAloon, Curator
11 Castaway Clothes Sub-Antarctic Islands 1880s-1900s Castaway depots on Sub-Antarctic Islands Tin of Ships Biscuits and Castaway three piece suit and Box containing men’s boots and Castaway's Trousers Riria Hotere & Michael Fitzgerald, Curator
12 Iguanodon Tooth Great Britain 1820 The first fossil to be recognised as from a dinosaur Fossil Iguanodon Tooth and The country of the Iguanodon by John Martin Riria Hotere & Dr Hamish Campbell, Geologist, GNS Science
13 Synotaxid spiders New Zealand Present Thousands of Spiders waiting to be discovered in New Zealand Synotaxid Spiders Riria Hotere & Phil Sirvid, Collection Manager
14 Egyptian Mummy Egypt circa 300 BC Egyptian Mummy and Sarcophagus - Mehit-em-Wesekht Mummy and Sarcophagus of Mehit-em-Wesekht Riria Hotere & Ross O'Rourke, Collection Manager
15 Pisupo Lua Afe (Corned Beef 2000) by Michel Tuffery New Zealand 1994 Sculpture made of corned beef tins by Michel Tuffery Pisupo Lau Afe (Corned Beef 2000) Riria Hotere & Sean Mallon, Senior Curator
16 Poi Awe New Zealand 1800s The only Poi awe in Te Papa's collection The Poi Awe Riria Hotere & Awhina Tamarapa, Curator
17 Feather signatures New Zealand Present Research into the making of Māori feather cloaks Feathered cloak Riria Hotere & Hokimate Harwood, Bicultural Researcher
18 Waka Whakairo from Paris New Zealand 1800–1900 Carving purchased at a Paris auction in 2008 Waka whakairo Riria Hotere & Matiu Baker, Curator
19 Lisa Reihana New Zealand 2009 Te Ara a Hine - The pathway of women featuring the artwork Mai i te aroha, ko te aroha by Lisa Reihana Work by Lisa Reihana in Te Papa's Collection Riria Hotere & Megan Tamati-Quennell, Curator
20 Jewellery by Jane Dodd New Zealand 2006 Three Little Pigs jewellery by Jane Dodd Work by Jane Dodd in Te Papa's Collection Riria Hotere & Justine Olsen, Curator
21 Glass plate negatives taken by James Bragge New Zealand 1870s - 1880s Glass plate negatives by James Bragge Work by James Bragge in Te Papa's Collection and Five Mile Avenue, Forty Mile Bush by James Bragge Riria Hotere & Athol McCredie, Curator
22 Land Girls, Overalls and Killing Knife New Zealand 1941–1945 The New Zealand Women's Land Service & the home front Overalls and Killing knife Riria Hotere & Stephanie Gibson, Curator
23 Bathing costumes New Zealand 1902–1912 Beach Fashion - The Swimsuit Bathing costume, 1912 and "The sea hath its pearls": ’Boxing Day at Hokio, 26 December 1918’. From the album: Family photograph album, by Leslie Adkin and Bathing Costume and medal belonging to Noel Crump Riria Hotere & Kirstie Ross, Curator
24 Ta Moko Panel New Zealand 1896 Carved panel by Tene Waitere Ta Moko Panel Riria Hotere & Arapata Hakiwai, Curator & James Schuster, Descendent
25 Dental Nurse Equipment New Zealand 1940s Dentistry in New Zealand and Dental nurses Dental equipment from the Wellington Dental Nursing School Simon Morton & Kirstie Ross, Curator
26 Sextant Motuihe Island, New Zealand 1916 Sextant made from scratch by a German Prisoner of War during World War One used by Count von Luckner Sextant used by Count von Luckner during his escape attempt from Motuihe Island Simon Morton & Michael Fitzgerald, Curator
27 Te Papa's Fish Collection labs New Zealand 2009 A giant morgue and an autopsy room for fish, sharks and sea creatures Fish specimens in Collections Online Simon Morton & Andrew Stewart, Collection Manager
28 Replica Crown Jewels New Zealand 1940 Replica Crown Jewels and the New Zealand Centennial Exhibition 1940 Items relating to the New Zealand Centennial Exhibition 1940 Simon Morton & Dean Miller, Museum of Wellington City & Sea & Kirstie Ross, Curator
29 Henry Fanshaw Bear New Zealand 1939–1945 The Royal New Zealand Airforce - enlisting men and a Teddy bear War posters in Te Papa's Collection Simon Morton & Stephanie Gibson, Curator & Steve Moore, Air Commodore
30 Samoan Cricket Bats Samoa 1936 - 1990s Kilikiti- Cricket Samoan Style Samoan Cricket bats Simon Morton & Safua Akeli, Curator
31 Society Islands Chief Mourners Costume Society Islands 1770s A frightening outfit made from precious pearl and black shell from the Society Islands Chief Mourners Costume Simon Morton & Grace Hutton, Collection Manager
32 NZ Company Flag New Zealand 1839 First flag to be raised at Wellington, New Zealand - The New Zealand Company flag New Zealand Company flag Riria Hotere & Michael Fitzgerald, Curator
33 The pataka Te Takinga New Zealand 1850s The pataka Te Takinga Not Found in Collections Online Riria Hotere & Awhina Tamarapa, Curator & Sam Jackson, Kaumatua Ngati Pikiao, Taranaki
34 Banks and Solander Collection New Zealand 1770s The earliest specimens of New Zealand flora collected by Joseph Banks and Daniel Solander The Banks and Solander botanical specimens collection Riria Hotere & Dr Patrick Brownsey, Senior Curator
35 Scottish Samplers Scotland 1880s Learning a range of stitching by creating sewing samplers Sampler by Jeanie Lawson and Sampler by Agnes Lawson and Sampler by Agnes Lawson Simon Morton & Stephanie Gibson, Curator
36 Play School Toys New Zealand 1970s Toys from the popular children's television programme Play School Big Ted and Jemima and Manu and Humpty and Play School doll's clothes Riria Hotere & Kirstie Ross, Curator
37 Phar Lap's Skeleton New Zealand 1932 Famous Australasian racehorse Phar Lap's Skeleton Skeleton of Phar Lap Simon Morton & Chris Paulin, Phar Lap Researcher
38 Tapa Cloth Pacific Various Tapa cloth and fashion Tiputa (Poncho) and Wedding costume by Paula Chan-Cheuk Riria Hotere & Safua Akeli, Curator & Jakki Leota-Ete
39 Vita Dress New Zealand 2000 Women's handcrafts and fashion combine in a stunning dress by Marilyn Sainty and Vita Cochran. ’Vita’ dress by Marilyn Sainty and Vita Cochran and ’Zip Bag’ by Vita Cochran Simon Morton & Angela Lassig, Senior Curator
40 Mary-Annette Hay New Zealand 1960s Mary-Annette Hay - Queen of Wool Items in Te Papa's collection associated with Mary-Annette Hay Simon Morton & Angela Lassig, Senior Curator
41 Extended Depth of Field Photography New Zealand 2009 High Tech photography known as Focus stacking of tiny natural history specimens Photographs of spiders taken using extended depth of field photography technique Simon Morton & Jean-Claude Stahl, Researcher
42 Deep sea fishes New Zealand Territorial Waters 20th Century Bizarre Deep Sea Fishes Te Papa's Fish Collection Simon Morton & Andrew Stewart, Collection Manager
43 Conservation of Samurai Armour Japan 1735 Conservation Treatment of Samurai Armour - A two year job Samurai armour (Sendai-do no Gusoku) made by Muneyoshi of the House of Myouchin Simon Morton & Rose Evans, Conservator
44 Ceramics by Ann Verdcourt New Zealand 1991 Ceramics by Ann Verdcourt inspired by the voyage of Christopher Columbus and commissioned for Expo 92 Series one: Columbus plans his first voyage, sailing against the wind and Series two: The trials and tribulations of the first voyage and Series three: A new land, its perils, its wonder Riria Hotere & Justine Olsen, Curator
45 Tatua New Zealand 2007-08 Tatua (Maori belts) made by Matthew McIntyre-Wilson Tatua (Maori belts) Riria Hotere & Dr Huhana Smith, Senior Curator
46 Child's Wrap Wairarapa circa 1875 Child's Cloak made by Eterina Hokokakahu Aperahama Not Found in Collections Online Riria Hotere & Matiu Baker, Curator & Warren Wright, Descendant
47 A Loss, Again - a temporary sculpture installation at Te Papa New Zealand 2009 Temporary sculpture by artist Ronnie van Hout Other works by Ronnie van Hout in Te Papa's collection Riria Hotere & Charlotte Huddleston, Curator
48 Tuvalu Clothes Tuvalu circa 1900 Missionary style clothes made from local materials in Tuvalu Man's Jacket and Man's Hat and Woman's Dress Riria Hotere & Sean Mallon, Senior Curator
49 Harata Rewiri Tarapata New Zealand 1903-04 C.F.Goldie's paintings of Harata Rewiri Tarapata Items related to Harata Rewiri Tarapata in Te Papa's collection Riria Hotere & Scott Pothan, Whangarei Art Museum
50 Von Tempsky New Zealand 1860s Gustavus Ferdinand Von Tempsky - adventurer, artist and soldier Items related to Von Tempsky in Te Papa's collection Simon Morton & Crystal Mann, Waikato Museum

Series 2010 Episodes 51 - 100[edit]

Episode Number Title & Link to Episode on YouTube Origin Date Description Te Papa's Collections Online link Host & Additional contributors
51 The Feathered Face of War Hawai'i 1779-1790s A representation of the Hawaiian war god Kuka `aumakua hulu manu Kuka`ilimoku (feathered image) Simon Morton & Herman Pi'ikea Clark, Hawaiian Specialist
52 A Captain's Chiefly Gift Hawai'i 1779 Gifts of Hawaiians to Captain James Cook in 1779 `ahu `ula (Feathered cloak) and Mahiole Simon Morton & Herman Pi'ikea Clark, Hawaiian Specialist
53 Beaded Beauties New Zealand 1920s Beaded flapper dresses Gold and black flapper dress Others not found in Collections Online Simon Morton & Angela Lassig, Senior Curator
54 Whale's Treasure New Zealand 2009 Ambergris from Sperm whale Not found in Collections Online Simon Morton & Anton Van Helden, Collection Manager
55 Designer Walls New Zealand 1920-1970s Historic wallpaper samples Wallpaper samples Simon Morton & Anna Greaves, Wallpaper expert & Phillipa Durkin, Conservator
56 Nature's Hitchhikers New Zealand 2009 All warm blooded animals have lice - Te Papa collects Bird lice Lice Simon Morton & Ricardo Palma, Curator
57 The Art of Fish Illustration New Zealand 2009 The Art of Fish Illustration for scientific journals Not found in Collections Online Riria Hotere & Michelle Freeborn, Scientific Illustrator
58 Lavender - Nice Smell, Bad Idea New Zealand 2009 Lavender bags and the Oddy test Not found in Collections Online Riria Hotere & Tony Clarke, Conservator
59 Waddling Mice & Kiwi Crocs New Zealand 20 million BC Intriguing fossils from St Bathans in Otago, New Zealand Specimens of fossilised bone Riria Hotere & Alan Tennyson, Curator
60 - The Cleaners New Zealand 2009 Dermestid beetles - flesh eaters and bone specimen cleaners Tuatara skull preparation Riria Hotere & Catherine Tate, Natural Environment Technician
61 A Soldier's Doll New Zealand 1914–1918 Keeping her soldier boyfriend close to her heart Dorothy Broad's dolls and work Simon Morton & Kirstie Ross, Curator
62 Musket - Flash in the Pan New Zealand 1840s The New Zealand Wars and muskets Flintlock Muskets Simon Morton & Michael Fitzgerald, Curator
63 Cox's Diary from the Front Gallipoli 1915 A Gallipoli Diary from a New Zealand soldier The Diary Simon Morton & Jennifer Twist, Archivist
64 Painter's Nightmare New Zealand 2009 What do paintings conservators do? Northland panels, 1958 by Colin McCahon Riria Hotere & Melanie Carlisle, Conservator & Katherine Campbell, Conservator
65 Crayfish - Crazy Life Cycle New Zealand Current The life cycle of the Rock lobster Not found in Collections Online Riria Hotere & Rick Webber, Curator
66 A Portrait for All Times United States of America 1771 A memory of a mother in a painting Mrs Humphrey Devereux by John Singleton Copley Riria Hotere & Tony Mackle, Collection Manager
67 One Coast - Two Views Cook Strait, New Zealand 1884 An insight into Nicholas Chevalier's painting of Cook Strait. Cook Strait, New Zealand by Nicholas Chevalier, Near Paekakariki, Cook Strait by Nicholas Chevalier, Kapiti by Nicholas Chevalier Simon Morton & Tony Mackle, Collection Manager
68 Frame Detective - A case of woodworm New Zealand 2009 Researching and reuniting a picture frame with its artwork Death of a peasant by Henry Lamb Riria Hotere & Matthew O'Reilly, Framer
69 Seaweed - More than Meets the Eye New Zealand Current Seaweed in your chocolate milk Seaweeds by taxa and Botanical drawings of seaweed by Nancy Adams Simon Morton & Jennifer Dalen, Collection Manager
70 Nuclear Nic-Nacs Japan 1945 Keepsakes from Ground Zero at Hiroshima Money box and related objects Riria Hotere & Stephanie Gibson, Curator
71 Cloak of Protection New Zealand 1840 How a cloak saved the life of a young boy in colonial New Zealand Not found in Collections Online Simon Morton & Awhina Tamarapa, Curator
72 Burn My Head in Heaven, by John Pule New Zealand 1998 Artwork by John Pule Burn My Head In Heaven, 1998 by John Pule Simon Morton & Megan Tamati-Quennell, Curator
73 Cool Photos New Zealand 2009 How a Museum looks after negatives Autochromes by Robert Walrond Cliffs near Green Island by Burton Bros Riria Hotere & Lissa Mitchell, Collection Manager
74 Sacred Masks Papua New Guinea 1900s Eharo dance masks from Papua New Guinea Images of Eharo dance masks Riria Hotere & Safua Akeli, Curator
75 Ancient Island Carvings Chatham Islands Unknown Chatham Islands carvings by the Moriori Not found in Collections Online. Riria Hotere & Arapata Hakiwai, Curator & Mana Cracknell, Artist and Elder
76 Coming of Age Treasures New Zealand 1935 & 1942 Turning 21 and coming of age parties Chocolate Box Riria Hotere & Stephanie Gibson, Curator
77 A Cape of Stars New Zealand 2006 A cape of celebration Matariki Caper by Kohai Grace Riria Hotere & Kohai Grace, artist & Awhina Tamarapa, Curator
78 The Ocean's Tight Five New Zealand modern Echinoderm - Marine Animals Not found in Collections Online Simon Morton & Rick Webber, Curator
79 Ruby's Room New Zealand 2000 Photographs by Ann Noble Works from the series Ruby's Room by Ann Noble Riria Hotere & Athol McCredie, Curator
80 Picture Perfect Dolls New Zealand 1920s-1930s Dolls made by Bessie Murray Dolls by Bessie Murray Darby and Joan (Ina Te Papatahi, Nga Puhi) by C. F. Goldie Riria Hotere & Stephanie Gibson, Curator
81 Stories Sewn in Quilts Cook Islands circa 1990 Tivaevae - Pacific quilts Tivaevae called Ina and the shark and other Tivaevae Riria Hotere & Grace Hutton, Collection Manager
82 A Soldier's Christmas North Africa 1941 A Kiwi soldier in World War II Image of Sig (Cyril) Hurne-Miller, the artist’s batman by Peter McIntyre. Christmas Card not found in Collections Online. Riria Hotere & Michael Fitzgerald, Curator
83 A Chiefly Sword New Zealand 1848 Te Rauparaha's Sword - A symbol of peace Sword not found in Collections Online. Painting of Te Rauparaha in naval uniform Image of Rangiatea Church Riria Hotere & Te Waari Carkeek, Ngati Toa, Ngati Raukawa
84 Carved in Skin New Zealand 1840 The significance of Ta Moko (Maori facial tatooing) today Life Mask Image of Moko being created Simon Morton & Mark Kopua, Ta Moko Artist
85 A Powerful Peacemaker New Zealand 1819 The peacemaking Taiaha named Te Rongotaketake from the early colonial period Not found in Collections Online Riria Hotere & Matiu Baker, Curator
86 Carving Family History New Zealand Modern Learning to make Tokelauan Toki (Adzes) The set of Toki Riria Hotere & Kupa Kupa, Adze maker & Jack Kirifi, Adze Maker
87 Tatau - Samoan Tattooing Samoa Current Tatau in New Zealand Tatau implements and images Riria Hotere & Sean Mallon, Senior Curator
88 Sister's Secret Stash Wellington, New Zealand 1870s What childhood treasures were hidden in the walls of Randall Cottage? Items from Randall Cottage Riria Hotere & Lynette Townsend, Curator
89 Punch & Judy Kiwi Style New Zealand 1970s Punch and Judy in 1970s New Zealand Puppets by Garth Frost Riria Hotere & Lynette Townsend, Curator
90 Calling all Xenites! New Zealand 1995 What caught the imagination of Xenites about Xena: Warrior Princess Xena's Outfit Riria Hotere & Anna Greaves, Xenite
91 Recycled Plastic Art New Zealand Current Recycling plastic as art - Good for the environment but not good for conservators Items made from plastic in the Pacific Collections Riria Hotere & Nirmala Balram, Conservator
92 The Art of Haka New Zealand 1962 A colourful version of the haka Ka Mate, Ka Mate on canvas Whiti te ra, 1962 by Paratene Matchitt Riria Hotere & Megan Tamati-Quennell, Curator
93 3D Photography New Zealand Current 3D photography at Te Papa Not found in Collections Online Riria Hotere & Norm Heke, Photographer
94 Ultimate insects! New Zealand 1867–1946 George Hudson's insect collection George Vernon Hudson Simon Morton & George Gibbs, George Hudson's grandson
95 Letter No. 1. New Zealand 1831 Earliest surviving letter addressed to New Zealand Not found in Collections Online Simon Morton & Dr Patrick Brownsey, Senior Curator
96 Who Killed the Huia? New Zealand 1904 Was Walter Buller a prime suspect? Huia specimens Portrait of Walter Buller by Ethel Mortlock and Three Huia by J. G. Keulemans Riria Hotere & Dr Sandy Bartle, Former Curator & Alan Tennyson, Curator
97 Caravan of Love New Zealand 1930s A DIY love shack. Caravan Simon Morton & Kirstie Ross, Curator
98 Sea floor discoveries New Zealand 2009 Cameras are sent a kilometre underwater to see what's lurking down there. Not found in Collections Online Riria Hotere & Vincent Zintzen, Researcher
99 Pigeon Posties New Zealand 1899–1903 The original airmail posties. Pigeon Post stamps, covers, postcards and letters Simon Morton & Dr Patrick Brownsey, Senior Curator
100 A Seaweed Pantry Titi Islands Current The hunting and storing of muttonbirds - a Maori delicacy Poha titi (muttonbird container) and Puffinus griseus The muttonbird or titi Simon Morton & Dougal Austin, Curator

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Tales From Te Papa". TVNZ Website. Television New Zealand. Retrieved 18 November 2010. 
  2. ^ "About TVNZ 6". TVNZ Website. Television New Zealand. Retrieved 18 November 2010. 
  3. ^ "Changes to TVNZ 6 and 7". TVNZ Website. Television New Zealand. Retrieved 19 March 2011.