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Letter Man: Joseph Churchward's world of type

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Joseph Churchward is a Samoan-born graphic designer whose typefaces (fonts) are used the world over. Since the 1960s, he has handcrafted over 570 original typefaces – more than any other individual. His fonts feature on billboards, record sleeves, newspapers, and in digital media. One is used for...

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Artefacts associated with the voyages of Captain James Cook

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<SPAN class=edit id=Main_BodyCopy><SPAN class=edit id=Main_BodyCopy>Among the acquisitions of the twentieth century, two important components stand out. The first is a series of four separate gifts, between 1912 and 1962, of Maori, Pacific, and Native American items associated with th...

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Plantago

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The plantains ( Plantago, Plantaginaceae) are small, wind-pollinated rosette herbs. There are about 20 species of Plantago in New Zealand. Ten of the eleven native species are endemic to New Zealand. ( Plantago triantha is also native to Tasmania, Australia.) In addition, several introduced plant...

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'ie töga (fine mat)

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Well I would say it is probably one of the best of the best fine mats that we used to have in Samoa way back in the old days. It would be famous. You can tell, because it is fine, it has a good colour and when you lift it it is like material, not a mat. We cannot get these types of mats in the...

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Tabua (ceremonial whale tooth)

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In Pacific Island society, some objects can have a 'spiritual' value that far outweighs their actual ‘market' value. In Samoa, ‘ie töga (fine mats) and in Cook Islands, tïvaevae, are exchanged as gifts on special occasions. Tabua play a similar role in Fijian society. Tabua are p...

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Join Walter Cook on a collector's quest into the past

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Te Papa shares the story of modern design through the collection of ceramics, glass and metalwork gifted by Wellingtonian Walter Cook. Footage taken from exhibition Walter Cook: A Collector's Quest 2012 .

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The Walter C. Cook Collection

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Over a twenty-five-year period, Wellingtonian Walter Cook built up an extensive collection of British and European decorative arts. Most of the pieces (over two hundred in all) were purchased locally. The Walter C. Cook Collection of Decorative Arts is a significant gift to Te Papa. Intended by ...

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Monoplacophorans (Class Monoplacophora)

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Monoplacophorans have a single, flat, rounded bilateral shell that is often thin and fragile. Monoplacophorans were thought to be extinct, but on May 6, 1952, ten living specimens were discovered. While trawling off the Pacific coast of Costa Rica, the Danish deep-sea "Galathea" expedit...

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Molluscs

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Molluscs include terrestrial snails and slugs, sea slugs, chitons, shellfish - bivalves and univalves, tusk shells, octopuses and squid, and the "living fossil" group known as monoplacophorans. Although diverse morphologically, molluscs exhibit a variety of common characteristics, incl...

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The European Connection

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The objects that Walter Cook collected were made in Europe. Yet most were originally bought new in New Zealand by a discerning public eager to own designer domestic ware. People learned about the latest trends through art schools, exhibitions, and influential British journals like The Studio and ...

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Biography of George Hunter

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Hunter was born and educated in Banffshire, Scotland. After working as a businessman in Glasgow, he emigrated to New Zealand in 1840 aboard the Duke of Roxburgh. With his wife, four sons, and six daughters, he landed in Petone at the new settlement of Britannia. Like many well-to-do settlers, Hu...

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Colonial leisure activities

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Most of our nineteenth-century European settlers worked hard to build their new lives, but there was still time for a little leisure. The New Zealand climate encouraged outdoor activities, so the new settlers developed sports from the things they had to do in order to survive. Shooting and woodch...

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Sculpture Collection

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The strengths of the collection of early New Zealand sculpture come from the close connection between the New Zealand Academy of Fine Arts and the National Art Gallery, one of Te Papa's predecessors. Because of this association we have a strong collection of works by New Zealand artist Marga...

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New Zealand watercolours and drawings

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<STRONG>Nineteenth century</STRONG> This period is represented by large collections of works by a diverse group of artists including Maori and military subjects by Horatio Gordon Robley, T J Grant, and W F Gordon; landscape and early settlement works by Nicholas Chevalier, William Swa...

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hound’s tongue

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kowaowao, paraharaha Microsorum pustulatum <STRONG>Recognition</STRONG>: smallish fern that creeps extensively, either along the ground or up tree trunks. The frond is glossy lime-green, with several pairs of lobes that are noticeably broader in sterile fronds compared to fertile fro...

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Photography Collection

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The foundation of Te Papa's photography collection lies with the Colonial Museum in the second half of the nineteenth century. Photographs were primarily taken or collected as illustrative material for the various research interests of the Museum. Ethnology, the scientific investigation of r...

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Art Photography Collection

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Photography was first collected as art for the national collection in 1976. The focus since has been primarily on New Zealand contemporary work, with some forays into collecting international photography. There are about 3000 photographs by contemporary New Zealand photographers in the collection...

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Tales from Te Papa

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Tales from Te Papa is a fascinating new series of mini-documentaries for TVNZ 7 that showcase many of the exciting, wonderful and significant pieces that are held in our collections. Of the 2 million pieces that Te Papa stores in trust for the nation, only a fraction can ever be on public display...

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International Painting Collection

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Up until 1972, the National Art Gallery used representatives in London to advise them on the purchase of international works. These purchases were predominantly British. It was over this period that the majority of the International Paintings Collection was acquired. Of the British painting, ther...

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Biography of John Webber

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John Webber was twenty-four years old when he was offered a place as expedition artist with Captain James Cook on his third voyage of exploration to the Pacific. It must have seemed an amazing opportunity to an artist in the early stages of his career. And indeed that voyage became a launching pa...

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