Past highlighted images 

This page features parts of our collections highlighted by our Picture Library in the past:



On the 1st of January, like many, I set my New Years resolutions. Every year it seems that the same old resolutions crop up….spend less (failed), lose weight (TBC – I have all year so why start dieting now), use time wisely (weekend nana naps are a good use of time aren’t they?). This year I have however thrown in a newbie….join postcrossing ( Three months on and I am absolutely hooked.
So what is postcrossing? Find out and explore a selection of images


With all the hype around rugby in 2011, the Te Papa Picture Library team thought I would get into the spirit and check out images of rugby memorabilia in Te Papa’s Collection. This led us on an image research trip, dressed in a fashionable bright yellow winter jacket, with our Collection Manager Art - Photography & New Media, Anita Hogan.
Read more and explore a selection of images

Natural environmentNatural environment

With 1 million+ specimens, the Natural Environment section is Te Papa's largest treasure house, albeit with most specimens hidden in the collections' vaults. Last year's focus has been on continuing the imaging of biological reference specimens or types, diversifying the collection samples viewable online, and illustrating some of the new pages of narratives.
Read more and explore a selection of images

Sarah FeatonSarah Featon

View images from the Sarah Featon collection - beautiful botainical watercolours that show our native plants in exquisite detail. Sarah Featon (1948-1927) and her husband Edward made publishing history in 1889 with the publication of their book The Art Album of New Zealand Flora.  The original artwork for that book forms the collection at Te Papa


Colossal Squid

Colossal squid

The colossal squid Mesonychoteuthis hamiltoni is reputed to attain a greater size than the giant squid (Architeuthis dux). Until two large specimens were acquired by Te Papa, few people were aware of the existence of this huge creature. Click here to view a range of images.

Colossal squid Mesonychoteuthis hamiltoni
Smaller colossal squid (M.277964; Mesonychoteuthis hamiltoni Robson, 1925)  

Norfolk Island Pigeon, by Paul MartinsonPaul Martinson

 View poignant paintings by Paul Martinson from Extinct Birds of New Zeland published by Te Papa Press.