Tuatara

On Location with New Zealand Geographic 

Te Papa and New Zealand Geographic formed a partnership to create On Location - a stunning exhibition celebrating a decade of the New Zealand Geographic magazine.

The exhibition was shown at Te Papa between September 1999 and February 2000 with an estimated visitation of 151,690 and is currently touring.

On Location contains startling and iconic images that enable us to see New Zealand's natural environment and its people, as well as those of the South Pacific, close-up and in living colour.

The images encompass a marvellous array of themes, creatures, and activities, and cover an enormous area - from the frozen Ross Sea in Antarctica to the tropical Tokelau Islands in the South Pacific.

Large striking photographs depict the grandeur of our landscape, the diversity of our natural environment, and the incredible personality of our peoples. Different images are juxtaposed in original and humorous ways that will enable visitors to the exhibition to see the country with fresh eyes.

An in-depth information area enables visitors to experience New Zealand Geographic in more detail. An audio-visual display enables the viewer to meet the people behind the magazine and hear some of the amazing 'stories behind the stories' in New Zealand Geographic.

The labels include pithy headings and 'Fab facts' which have created much interest and communication between visitors.

The exhibition is structured around three 'umbrella’ themes: Landscape, Nature, and People. These reflect the essential subject divisions in the magazine and can be signalled simply and strongly through visual means.

This exhibition tells us more about our country: in depth, in colour, up close, and on location.

The exhibition has been to the Forrester Gallery in Oamaru, Canterbury Museum, Southland Museum, Aratoi in the Wairarapa, Te Manawa in Palmerston North, and the Rotorua Museum of Art & History.