Borrowing specimens for researchTe taurewa taonga mō te rangahau

Contact our experts with a request for specimens to use in your research.

Please send your specimen request at least one month before you require the material.

You will need:

  • a list of the specimens required

  • a brief description of your research project

  • details of your organisation, including a contact person

  • a DNA sampling application form, if required

  • a letter of support from your supervisor if you are a postgraduate student.

Send your documented request to the relevant curator or collection manager at Te Papa.

Our Natural History curators

Contact us

If you have questions about specimen research loans, contact:


Antony Kusabs, Kaitiaki Taonga Collection Manager
Phone: +64 (0)4 381 7089


Thomas Schultz, Kaitiaki Taonga Collection Manager
Phone: +64 (0)4 381 7364