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    • More masking tape
      • 3 Feb 2009
      • Te Papa's blog
      • Colin McCahon, Mondrian's last chrysanthemum, 1976 Mondrian’s last chrysanthemum, the Colin McCahon painting we bought at the end of last year, arrived at Te Papa recently. It’s great to see it again. Like most paintings, there’s a lot about this work that you don’t get until you see it in the flesh. There’s beauty of the painting itself, its amazing combination of subtlety and urgency.
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    • Some like it HOT! Some just like free outdoor films…
      • 3 Feb 2009
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      • You can’t beat Wellington in summer… free concerts, carnivals, festivals, beautiful weather, wharf-jumping, gelato… and now free outdoor films under the stars. Lush.  This year sees four films set to hit the big screen: Joe Strummer: The Future is Unwritten; Standing in the Shadow of Motown; La Tropical; and Some Like it Hot.The first three films will be hosted in the Wellington Botanical Gar
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    • Windows to the world
      • 2 Feb 2009
      • Eye of the Fish
      • Time to get back to talking about architecture. One of the things that the construction slow-down may give us, incidentally, is more time to actually think about architecture - the hectic pace that the architects in our city have been working at, with barely time to pause between designs, has led to a plethora of work of (at times) dubious quality. The designs for one multi-storey apartment buildi
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    • Treaty Debate: The Maori seats in Parliament
      • 2 Feb 2009
      • Te Papa's blog
      • Derek Fox What do you think of the Māori seats in Parliament? On Thursday 5 February @ 6.30 - 8 p.m. two speakers will deal with this provocative issue - The role of Maori in Parliament and the future of the Maori seats. Professor Philip Joseph and Derek Fox will discuss this topic as part of Te Papa’s annual Treaty Debate series. Join the debate We want to hear what you think. You can watch
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    • A Tiger with Crimson Wings
      • 1 Feb 2009
      • Te Papa's blog
      • A Tiger with Crimson Wings  This post is inspired by Smiv’s reminiscences about cinnabar moth caterpillars when commenting on my previous blog entry: http://blog.tepapa.govt.nz/2009/01/26/a-menu-for-monarchs/#comments Also, as adult cinnabar moths are on the wing this time of year in New Zealand summer and sightings always generate a number of calls to Te Papa’s entomology department, I thought t
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    • Summer Books Alive at The Jimmy on Tuesday…
      • 1 Feb 2009
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      • There was some fabulous local literature published last year, and Summer Books Alive at The Jimmy Café and Bar at the St James Theatre is a great event where you can be entertained by the voices of New Zealand literature while enjoying a summer drink. Six writers will read for six minutes each from their most recent work. Kate De Goldi will be reading from her gorgeous and thoughtful novel The 10p
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    • Big names for this years Wellington Jazz Festival
      • 31 Jan 2009
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      • The smoothest festival on the calender is coming our way.  Wellingtons Jazz Festival has announced its programme for the 5th to the 6th of March 2009.  And there is something for just about all tastes - with old, new, international and local favourites taking centre stage. Speaking on 21 January at the launch of the final programme, Wellington Jazz Festival Artistic Director, Lissa Twome
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    • Alexandra Owen's first ever boutique
      • 29 Jan 2009
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      • Alexandra Owen - the Wellington based designer wowed the fashion critics at her ANZFW debut show in 2007 and again in ANZFW 2008 where the show was termed 'show of the week'. She's taking NZ and the world by storm with her intelligent and mature designs. Now the the first ever Alexandra Owen boutique opens on Saturday at 253 Wakefield Street (under the Museum Hotel Apartme
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    • Cover version
      • 29 Jan 2009
      • Te Papa's blog
      • Don’t judge a book by its cover, the saying goes. There’s no doubt, though, that a book’s cover can say an awful lot about what’s inside. Michael Illingworth, Untitled 1971 Deciding what work should go on the cover of the forthcoming book Art at Te Papa — Michael Illingworth’s Untitled 1971 — wasn’t easy.  We tried lots of different possibilities, shopped ideas around, got sometimes co
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    • Jay Reatard and No Age
      • 28 Jan 2009
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      • Time to get excited kids; Jay Reatard and No Age are playing in Wellington at San Fran on 3 February. Yes, we are fortunate enough to be blessed by both Jay Reatard and No Age performing here for your sonic pleasures. This is going to be the show to see this year make no mistake, in fact it's already in my top 10 and it hasn't even happened yet! Recently signed to Matador records for an 8 album de
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    • One Day Sculpture
      • 28 Jan 2009
      • Te Papa's blog
      • If you are an art follower you may have already know the One Day Sculpture project. One Day Sculpture was launched in Wellington in March 2008 in conjunction with the New Zealand International Arts Festival. Since then there have been 7 projects presented. These were all commissioned by different institutions around Aotearoa/New Zealand and have taken place in Auckland, Hawera, Wellington and Dun
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    • Carbon, whales, gravity and clouds
      • 28 Jan 2009
      • Wellington City Libraries News Blog
      • Our selection of science recent picks is full of interesting finds this month at Wellington City Libraries. The carbon age reviews the origin and history of carbon, an element we are made of but, which, ironically, is considered as a great threat to our world. Other items deal with modern threats (such as global warming) seen through the lens of science, a vision of whales through time and society
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    • Ephemera
      • 28 Jan 2009
      • Eye of the Fish
      •    NZ Post has been busy over the last year, sending out messages of PostCodes to the whole of New Zealand. We had, until recently, a system of Post Codes that were laughable in their pathetic simplicity. My NZ Post Code in 2000 was 6001, which I shared with approximately 100,000 other people. I don’t think that I ever heard of anyone living in 6002, although it is certainly possible. In 2008 howe
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    • I heart the blue whale heart
      • 27 Jan 2009
      • Te Papa's blog
      • Move over big squid - there’s competition at Te Papa for the most popular exhibit these holidays !  You love the blue whale heart in NatureSpace, including crawling into it, stuffing things inside it (like big toy penguins) and having your picture taken with it.  The model was a highlight of the Whales | Tohorā exhibition. It was so popular we made two of them! The other heart model is now o
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    • The big art book
      • 27 Jan 2009
      • Te Papa's blog
      • Art at Te Papa - coming soon. Hi there, I’m William McAloon, Curator of Historical New Zealand Art here at Te Papa. Over the last couple of years I’ve been working on a big book on Te Papa’s art collection. Art at Te Papa features over 400 works, from the 15th century to the present day. The cover star is Michael Illingworth’s painting Untitled, 1971. The book is due out in
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    • Don't Miss the Motorik Workouts of Stereolab on Thursday...
      • 27 Jan 2009
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      • London outfit Stereolab are a rare group in that they are a 'homage' band of sorts but still manage to be absolutely terrific and distinctive at the same time. Formed in 1990, Stereolab is Timothy Gane, Andrew Ramsay, Simon Johns, Joseph Watson and Laetitia Sadier. Reliable friends who have seen Stereolab live tell me that the music translates fantastically in a live context, so I am dea
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    • A Menu for Monarchs
      • 25 Jan 2009
      • Te Papa's blog
      • In the summer months I get plenty of phone calls and emails from monarch butterfly fanciers, all with a common problem: Monarch butterfly caterpillar (Photo credit: R Sharell, Copyright Te Papa       “My swan plants are almost stripped bare yet I have so many monarch butterfly caterpillars I really don’t know what to do. Is there anything else I can feed the caterpillars on?” This problem arise
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    • Thanks for the memories Boulot
      • 25 Jan 2009
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      • After some great years of providing fabulous informal dining to Wellingtonians, Boulot restaurant has now officially closed for good.  Owned by those infamous Bressolin boys, Boulot brought a distinctively laidback European twist, to the oft-chaotic downtown Wellington area.  Their pizzas were of the highest quality, cooked in one monstrous Manuka-fired oven to near perfection.  An
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    • Century City Ho
      • 23 Jan 2009
      • Eye of the Fish
      • For a brief moment in time it seemed as though time had stood still, and that El Terry had given up finishing it, but then it was restarted with new contractors who actually seemed keen to complete the project. It’s one of the more complex developments Wellington has seen for a number of years: taking a barren empty site and layering on it a monster carpark for initial income generating pote
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    • Longing For More Leonard Cohen?
      • 22 Jan 2009
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      •  I know she is comingI know she will lookAnd that is the longingAnd this is the book...- Book of Longing  I keep hearing how sensational Leonard Cohen's Wellington show was. And epic at three hours long! Whether you missed his show and want some kind of a consolation or if you did go and loved it so much that you want to start a Cohen binge, his books will fit the bill.Before he turned h
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    • Disguised in the bush - a plant mimic
      • 22 Jan 2009
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      •  Last weekend, when I should have been writing grant applications, I was dragged out for a bush-walk. However, my arm didn’t have to be twisted too hard, since it was a fine day and the track between Kiriwhakapapa and Blue Range is lovely (although steep). Alseuosmia pusilla Alseuosmia pusilla was abundant along the track. This is a very interesting little shrub. It looks a LOT like a juveni
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    • Big Day Out
      • 21 Jan 2009
      • Eye of the Fish
      • There seems no doubt that today will go down in history as an important date, and it seems churlish to ignore it and debate the whys and wherefores of buildings in wellington, when the real focus for much of the world has been on the buildings and public spaces in Washington, half a world away.  The date for us is clear enough: its the 21st of January, although America, being so far behind the ti
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    • Kia ora Mr President
      • 20 Jan 2009
      • Te Papa's blog
      • To ‘honour’ Barack Obama as the new American President I’ve made him a squid. Possibly not one of the honours he was thinking of when he took office but I thought he’d like it anyway. You can follow his squid adventures by going to the Build a Squid interactive, click on ‘Find your squid’, then ‘Search for any squid by name’ and enter ”Barack O
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    • Anna Coddington is awesome…
      • 20 Jan 2009
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      • …and is returning once again to grace the notorious Mighty Mighty stage to perform a stripped back acoustic set as part of her summer T-shirt tour… oh yeah! Coddington undertook an epic fifteen-date-nationwide-tour in June last year in support of her debut album, The Lake, so this micro summer tour is all about sunshine, playing in some mean (slang for hip-as) venues and, of course, the promotion
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    • Kreüzberg Summer Café! Hawt!
      • 19 Jan 2009
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      • So… Cuba Street has a new place to nab a fantastic coffee and, by all means, it’s a little unconventional.The Kreüzberg Summer Café is a backyard-style café (so an established caravan parked in an old car park set amongst brightly coloured picnic tables) at the top of Cuba Street… like the very top… like pretty much on Webb Street… The café is named after a district in Berlin, which is renowned fo
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    • Fringe, fabulous Fringe!
      • 16 Jan 2009
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      • It’s time to get freaky on it. Because the 2009 New Zealand Fringe Festival is set to storm through your doorway and dance all over your furniture.  Just because it can. The programme for this years Fringe fest has been released, and it’s so chocka with Comedy, music, arts and theatre goodies, that Santa has decided to retire and drink mai-tai’s somewhere in the Florida Key’s (Just kidding ch
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    • Top Five Summer Reads - Breezy and Bright, No Chick Lit In Sight...
      • 15 Jan 2009
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      • I always have a precariously towering bookstack next to my bed because I have the unfortunate knack of acquiring books faster than I can read the damn things. For me, one of the best things about having a wee break over summer is the pleasure of having entire days to live inside the sparkly books that beckon from the stack.I can't recommend the following three titles from the last year highly enou
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    • Grand Designs
      • 14 Jan 2009
      • Eye of the Fish
      • Watching an episode of Grand Designs recently, while on holiday, made me thankful that we don’t have such a high and idiotic level of bureaucracy as they do in England: but then again, nor do we have an architectural presenter with the charisma and sardonic tongue of Kevin McCloud.  In this programme, an architect called Francis Shaw was attempting to restore a castle in Skipton, in Yorkshire. Hi
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