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  taongatreasureMāori | noun
selected for the jigsaw puzzles. Click on the titles to go through to Collections Online and learn more about them.

 
A taxidermy pukeko, a bird with vibrant blue plumage and black wings, red legs and a large red beak

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Pukeko, Porphyrio melanotus melanotus, collected December 1995, Otaihanga, Horowhenua, New Zealand. Field collection 1978 – 2004. CC BY 4.0. Te Papa (OR.025049)

Tapa cloth. The border is a network of orange Xs, while the internal patterns alternate between checkerboards and flowers

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Siapo (tapa cloth), about 1917, Samoa, maker unknown. Gift of Thomas Trood, 1917. Te Papa (FE001423)

A sea turtle climbs over rocks

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Green Turtle lying on rocks, showing carapace, 23 May 1908, Kermadec Islands, by Tom Iredale. Te Papa (B.043232)

A painting of a series of mountains, showing the yellowed grasses of autumn

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William Sutton, The four seasons: autumn, 1968, oil on hardboard. CC BY-NC-ND 4.0. Te Papa (1969-0011-1)

A black and white historic photo of a large street with people on horses and people standing in a line along the road. There are old buildings in the background

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Wellington Harbour, during 1913 "Strike". From the album: Wellington waterfront strike, 1913, New Zealand, by Zak (Joseph Zachariah). Te Papa (O.030463)

A black and white photo of a woman holding a white cat sitting in the middle of a large fern

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Woman and Cat Among the Tree Ferns, circa 1908, by Fred Brockett. Purchased 1957. Te Papa (B.027954)

Illustrated tourism poster featuring a train in the country with mountains in the background. Text on the poster reads ‘For your holidays travel by train’

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Poster, ‘For Your Holidays’, about 1940, New Zealand, by New Zealand Railways Publicity Branch, E Paul. Te Papa (GH015813)

Painting of a variety of bright flowers

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Sir Cedric Morris, Spring flowers, 1923, oil on canvas. Te Papa (2008-0017-1)

Oxen driven cart as seen on a dirt and pebble covered country road. The driver and passenger on this cart are both young boys, a dog is in sight on the road to the right and two buildings can be seen in the background at the foot of a tree covered hillsid

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Eric Lee-Johnson, Maori children, East Cape, 1950, purchased 1997 with New Zealand Lottery Grants Board funds. Te Papa (O.006222/02)

Long red flowers and green leaves painted on yellowish paper

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Kowhai-ngutu-kaka. Clianthus puniceus, circa 1885, New Zealand, by Sarah Featon. Purchased 1919. Te Papa (1992-0035-2277/71)

Seven children in bathing suits running down a sand dune

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Children running on the sand, Piha, about 1942, North Island, by Eric Lee-Johnson. Purchased 1997 with New Zealand Lottery Grants Board funds. CC BY-NC-ND 4.0. Te Papa (O.006819)

View of Oriental Bay, with Wellington Harbour on the left and houses lining the street on the right. A crowd of hundreds is walking along the boardwalk

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Oriental Bay, Wellington, 1920-1935, New Zealand, maker unknown. Purchased 1999 with New Zealand Lottery Grants Board funds. Te Papa (A.030543)

Two round images on a card. One with a geyser and one with the pink and white terraces.

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Auld Lang Syne, 1900-1910, New Zealand, maker unknown. Gift of Patricia M. Mitchell, 1989. Te Papa (PS.000813)

Illustration of musical instruments and Christmas baubles

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Christmas, 1950s, by Roundhill Studio. Te Papa (CA000670/001/0005)

Illustration of birds in pear trees on green paper

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Pear tree, 1950s, by Roundhill Studio. Te Papa (CA000670/001/0002)

Illustration of many people surfing

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Surfing, 1950s, by Roundhill Studio. Te Papa (CA000670/001/0004)

An image of stylised blue Christmas decorations and trees on an orange background

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Christmas at Te Papa. Image by Amber Laughton. Te Papa

1920s crazy patchwork quilt created using a wide variety of textiles which reflect the diversity of textiles used in fashion at this time

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Quilt, about 1920, New Zealand, by Frances Broad. CC BY-NC-ND 4.0. Te Papa (GH016392)

Embroidery of a large pomegranate tree. Around the edges are a network of twisting branches

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Embroidery, ‘The Pomegranate Tree’, about 1900-1905, London, by Lady Jane Cory. Bequest of Jane, Lady Cory, 1948. Te Papa (PC004116)

An orange cardboard box with Ballot Box on the side

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Ballot Box, New Zealand Government; 1993, Cardboard and plastic. Gift of the Electoral Commission. Te Papa (GH004193)

Black and white photo of a large stone building with manicured lawns in the foreground

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Parliament Buildings, 1921-1922, Wellington, maker unknown. Te Papa (A.016399)

Overview of Dunedin under a heavy blanket of snow

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Dunedin under snow, August 27, 1886 (the flat), 1886, Dunedin, by Burton Brothers studio. Te Papa (C.011717)

Two women in formal coats and hats stand for a photo in a field covered in snow, beside a fence

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Deep snow and vestiges of the former forest, 2 August 1936, by Leslie Adkin. Gift of G. L. Adkin family estate, 1964. Te Papa (A.007126)

a flax mat with red and green lines on a black background

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Whariki (mat), kiekie (Freycinetia baueriana var. banksii), Unknown. Te Papa (ME015810)

A red stone shaped like an adze on a white background

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Toki pounamu (nephrite adze blade), Unknown, 1500–1820, Te Papa (ME024039)

Close up of a cloak, showing the detail of its design. It is predominantly black with red and earth coloured triangles forming a wave across the cloak

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Detail of kaitaka paepaeroa with ngore (cloak with taaniko borders and vertical aho, weft rows), date unknown, maker unknown. Te Papa (ME015672)

Very rare poi woven in muka (flax fibre) with a technique called knotless netting. It is called a poi awe, due to the presence of the dog-hair awe (tassles) attached as decoration.

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Poi awe (percussive device), 19th century, New Zealand, maker unknown. Te Papa (ME000150)

A piupiu skirt

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Piupiu (skirt), New Zealand, maker unknown. Te Papa (ME006597)

A woman wearing a nurse's cap and a mask

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Nurse, Whangarei Hospital, 1953, Whangarei, by Eric Lee-Johnson. Purchased 1997 with New Zealand Lottery Grants Board funds. CC BY-NC-ND 4.0. Te Papa (O.006782/01)

A jug, a mug and a plate in sepia tones

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H. Farmer McDonald, Modern Wedgewood, about 1938. Gift of the Fastier family in memory of Gillian Fastier, 2013. Te Papa (O.043711)

Oil painting of a window with its curtains open offering a nighttime view of a street with car lights. In front of the window sits a book and newspaper on a desk

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Victor Pasmore, The window, 1938/47, oil on canvas. Purchased 1957 with Harold Beauchamp Collection funds. CC BY-NC-ND 4.0. Te Papa (1957-0013-2)

Abstract oil painting of incredibly rich colours, especially green, of what could be interpreted as a cave

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Evelyn Patterson, The cave, 1966, oil on canvas. CC BY-NC-ND 4.0. Te Papa (1966-0037-1)

Four people in cone costumes in a parade. Many people lining the street in the background

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Hay’s procession, Christchurch, by FR Lamb, 1956-1957, colour transparencies. Te Papa (CT.058924)

A panel of flax woven in patterns on wood

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Sonia Snowden, weaver, ‘Matariki’ tukutuku panel, 2011, Otaki, kiekie, raupō, kakaho, pīngao. Te Papa (ME024103)

Watercolour of two angles of a shark on sepia paper.

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Sphyrna zygaena (NZ) – Hammerhead shark, head dorsal aspect, 1898, by Frank Edward Clarke. Te Papa (1992-0035-2278/112)

Red, blue and white Union Jack linen flag with a black and white image of Queen Elizabeth in the centre.

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Union Jack flag, 1963, United Kingdom, maker unknown. Gift of Cathy McColl and Barbara Walters, 2010. CC BY-NC-ND 4.0. Te Papa (GH013377)

Black and white photo of Sāmoan people dressed in white in a wooden church with high arches.

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Church at Malua, late 1890s, Sāmoa, by Thomas Andrew. Te Papa (D.000674)

Closeup of orange, brown and white feathers

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North Island Kākā, Nestor meridionalis septentrionalis, collected 24 April 1988, Waiterimu, near Ohinewai, Waikato, New Zealand. CC BY-NC-ND 4.0. Te Papa (OR.024148/1)

Aerial view of Christchurch city in the early 20th century, with the cathedral and Hagley Park in view

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Christchurch from the Air, 1920s, Canterbury, maker unknown. Te Papa (LS.008019)

A circular wine or card tabletop with wooden marquetry made from indigenous New Zealand timbers

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Table, with marquetry work top, about 1880, New Zealand, by William Seuffert. Purchased 2011. CC BY-NC-ND 4.0. Te Papa (GH021400)

Black and white photo of silica geothermal pools in a terrace formation with dark mountains in background

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White Terrace from the top, 1885, Dunedin, by Burton Brothers studio, Alfred Burton. Te Papa (O.000744)

A tīvaevae (quilt) with a pattern of blue taro leaves attached by applique (fine stitching) onto a yellow background

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Tīvaevae manu (quilt) and matching pillow cases, about 1980s, maker unknown, Cook Islands. Purchased 1995 with New Zealand Lottery Grants Board funds. Te Papa (FE010471)

Several unidentified men are standing on the framework of a partially-thatched faletele, grass in foreground and trees and palms in the background

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House [faletele] building, Samoa, 1890–1910, Sāmoa, by Thomas Andrew. Te Papa (C.001446)

Painting depicting two yellowhead birds, with vibrant yellow heads and underside plumage and green back and wing plumage, sitting on a mossy log

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Eileen Mayo, Yellowhead, 1976, gouache on paper. Te Papa (2005-0015-1/11)

Photograph of a kākā egg

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North Island Kākā, Nestor meridionalis septentrionalis, collected 20 November 2001, Whirinaki Forest Park (Map V18), New Zealand. Gift of the Department of Conservation, 1987. CC BY-NC-ND 4.0. Te Papa (OR.026927)

Ornamental plate with gold rim and a scene painted on it depicting a cherub and two men with swans

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Dish, 1530–1535, Italy, by Francesco Avelli da Rovigo. Purchased 1983 with Charles Disney Art Trust funds. CC BY-NC-ND 4.0. Te Papa (CG001495/a)

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Bernard Roundhill, Original Artwork Auckland 2000, 1956, airbrushed ink and gouache with added brushwork on card. Te Papa (CA000659/001/0001)

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E Mervyn Taylor, Magical wooden head, 1952, wood engraving. Gift of the New Zealand Academy of Fine Arts, 1953. Te Papa (1953-0001-4)

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Three huia (Heteralocha acutirostris), about 1900, London, by Johannes Keulemans. Purchased 1993 with New Zealand Lottery Grants Board funds. Te Papa (1993-0029-6)

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Scene in a New Zealand forest near Porirua, Plate 6 from the book The New Zealanders, 1847, by Mr J W Giles after George French Angas. Gift of Charles Rooking Carter. Te Papa (RB001054/022a)

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Tongariro National Park – August 1925, August 1925, by Leslie Adkin. Gift of G. L. Adkin family estate, 1964. Te Papa (B.022470)

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Frank Craig, Goblin market, 1911, oil on canvas. Purchased 1912 by public subscription. Te Papa (1912-0021-11)

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Cat in a cage, Waimamaku, about 1957, Waimamaku, by Eric Lee-Johnson. Purchased 1997 with New Zealand Lottery Grants Board funds. CC BY-NC-ND 4.0. Te Papa (O.006827)

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Walter Scarlett Hatton, Auckland, 1900s, watercolour. Te Papa (1992-0035-1653)

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Fossil Iguanodon tooth, about 132–137 million years ago, Cuckfield. Gift of the Mantell Family, 1930. CC BY-NC-ND 4.0. Te Papa (GH004839)

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John Drawbridge, Bluescape, 1963, oil on canvas. Purchased 1969 from Wellington City Council Picture Purchase Fund. CC BY-NC-ND 4.0. Te Papa (1969-0015-1)

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Kākāpō, Strigops habroptilus, collected June 1992, Codfish Island, Foveaux Strait, New Zealand. Gift of the Department of Conservation, 1987. CC BY-NC-ND 4.0. Te Papa (OR.025736)

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Bernard Roundhill, Rangitoto Spaceport II – Auckland 2500 – ‘The Ambassadors’, 1960, airbrushed ink and gouache with added brushwork on card. Te Papa (CA000659/001/0002)