#TePapaProTips

We invited people to tell us about their favourite parts of Te Papa, and we came up with a set of insider tips. Share your special stories and tips for making the most of your visit on social media using #TePapaProTips and go in to win a double pass to Bug Lab!

Sarah Meikle, Festival Director at Visa Wellington On a Plate

Sarah Meikle

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Sarah Meikle in Awesome Forces, 2016. Te Papa

‘My job involves knives, forks, spoons and plates every day, but I've been interested in plates of another kind for a long time too – tectonic plates. New Zealand is an active country moving and changing all the time. Hamish Campbell, Te Papa's GNS expert, describes it like milk (the Pacific Plate) sliding under cream (the Australian Plate). Who knew geography and food were so closely related?!’ – Sarah Meikle, Festival Director at Visa Wellington On a Plate

#TePapaProTips: Learn about the tectonic plates Wellington sits on – visit Awesome Forces on Level 2.

Awesome Forces


Mark Stocker, Curator Historical International Art at Te Papa

Art curator Mark Stocker mimics the pose of one of the paintings on the floor at Te Papa

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Mark Stocker in Nga Toi, 2016. Te Papa

‘J S Copley's ‘Portrait of Mrs Devereux’ is one of the greatest historical works in Te Papa's collection. Not only is it beautifully crafted, but people appreciate the obvious humanity and intelligence of the lady herself.’ – Mark Stocker, Curator Historical International Art at Te Papa

#TePapaProTips: Art doesn’t have to be serious! See this painting in Ngā Toi | Arts Te Papa on Level 5.

Ngā Toi | Arts Te Papa


Cori Gonzalez-Macuer, comedian

Cori Gonzalez-Macuer

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Cori Gonzalez-Macuer with the Britten Bike, 2016. Te Papa

‘I used to work here at the café, next to where the Britten bike was. When the museum opened it was one of the main attractions and it was quite cool to see it every day.’ – Cori Gonzalez-Macuer, comedian

#TePapaProTips: Talk to the staff at Te Papa for expert knowledge on our objects.

Britten bike


Rosie Kwan, 3D Designer at Te Papa

Rosie Kwan

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Rosie Kwan in Bush City, 2016. Te Papa

‘I came across Bush City while exploring the museum during my first week at Te Papa, in fact my first week living in New Zealand as my new home. I think of it sometimes as a mini escape, a little refuge in the middle of the city. Three years on, it’s still nice to just sit on the deck for a moment and hear tui and other native birds foraging amongst the trees.’ – Rosie Kwan, 3D Designer at Te Papa

#TePapaProTips: Be one with nature without leaving the city!

Bush City


Kate Camp, Communications Manager at Te Papa

Kate Camp

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Kate Camp in Te Marae. Photograph by Mike O’Neill, 2016. Te Papa

‘I find this huge piece of pounamu, named Iho, very grounding. In the middle of a crazy busy day at Te Papa, if I am in Rongomaraeroa I will always take a second to put my hand on it and just breathe. Knowing how precious a massive pounamu like this is, it is a tangible reminder of how Te Papa is valued by people, and how lucky I am to be part of the place.’ – Kate Camp, Katherine Mansfield Menton Fellow, and Communications Manager at Te Papa

#TePapaProTips: Use the small stones around the pounamu boulder to rub away its surface oxide – like a river does.

Te Marae


Matariki Williams, Curator Mātauranga Māori at Te Papa

Matariki Williams

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Matariki Williams, 2016. Photograph by Mike O'Neill. Te Papa; Huia beak brooch, circa 1900, New Zealand, maker unknown. Purchased 1996 with New Zealand Lottery Grants Board funds. CC BY-NC-ND licence. Te Papa (GH005020)

‘To me this brooch symbolises the tragedy and beauty that occurs when cultures collide. Despite the collision, the mana of the huia and its importance to Māori endures long after its extinction.’ – Matariki Williams, Curator Mātauranga Māori at Te Papa

#TePapaProTips: Native birds are featured on every level of Te Papa.


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