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TE Papa's June Exhibitions And Events Update


TE Papa's June Exhibitions And Events Update

June highlights @Te Papa Launch your winter by venturing into the extremes of Te Papa's latest exhibition. Antarctic Heroes: The race to the South Pole tells the compelling stories of explorers Scott, Amundsen, and Shackleton. Discover the ordeals, the triumphs and the tragedies that befell their expeditions. Amazing photos, films, recordings, and objects bring the rigours of Antarctic extremes to life. The James Caird, Shackleton's tiny boat that survived the savage Southern Ocean, is a must-see. The return of Wild Design: A fresh look at nature gives visitors to Te Papa another chance to experience this popular exhibition. Celebrate the intricate designs of the natural world, and look at how these have been reflected in human art and design. Matariki, the Mäori New Year, is now in full swing. May is crammed full of free Matariki events, shows, and lectures, and the celebrations are for everyone. Watch as

EVENTS:

Thursday 3 5.30pm & 7.45pm: Public Starlab sessions. Enjoy stargazing and learning about Matariki at this mini planetarium. 45 mins. Numbers limited to the first 20 people. Please see the host in PlaNet Pasifika, Level 4. Free entry. 6.30pm-7.50pm: 'Don't Let It Get You' (1966), G. A light-hearted, tuneful film set in Sydney and Rotorua. Starring Sir Howard Morrison, Rim D. Paul, Herma Keil, Eddie Lowe, and the Quin Tikis, with special guest appearances from Dame Kiri Te Kanawa. Presented in partnership with the New Zealand Film Archive and with kind permission of Pacific Films. Soundings Theatre, Level 2. Free entry.

Saturday 5 11am, 1pm, & 3pm: Public Starlab sessions. Enjoy stargazing and learning about Matariki at this mini planetarium. 45 mins. Numbers limited to the first 20 people. Please see the host in PlaNet Pasifika, Level 4. Free entry. 12 noon, 12.45pm & 1.30pm: 'Te Paki'. By Moss Patterson and Atamira Dance Collective, and exploring physical embodiments of kowhaiwhai (scroll) patterns. (15 mins). The Marae, Level 4. Free entry.

Sunday 6 11am, 1pm, & 3pm: Public Starlab sessions. Enjoy stargazing and learning about Matariki at this mini planetarium. 45 mins. Numbers limited to the first 20 people. Please see the host in PlaNet Pasifika, Level 4. Free entry. 11am-4pm: Taonga Puoro now - the art of making and playing traditional instruments. Richard Nunns, Brian Flintoff, Warren Warbrick, and James Webster create and play traditional Mäori instruments. The Marae, Level 4. Free entry. 12 noon & 2pm: Taonga Puoro floortalks. The Marae, Level 4. Free entry. 1pm-1.30pm: Taonga Puoro performance. The Marae, Level 4. Free entry.

Monday 7 Queen's Birthday 11am, 2.15pm, & 3.15pm: Public Starlab sessions. Enjoy stargazing and learning about Matariki at this mini planetarium. 45 mins. Numbers limited to the first 20 people. Please see the host in PlaNet Pasifika, Level 4. Free entry. 11am-4pm: Taonga Puoro now - the art of making and playing traditional instruments. Richard Nunns, Brian Flintoff, Warren Warbrick, and James Webster create and play traditional Mäori instruments. The Marae, Level 4. Free entry. 12 noon & 2pm: Taonga Puoro floortalks. The Marae, Level 4. Free entry. 1pm-1.30pm: Taonga Puoro performance. The Marae, Level 4. Free entry.

Tuesday 8 7pm-9pm: "Transit of Venus". A live radio broadcast from Soundings Theatre, compered by Kim Hill and UNESCO NZ Science Lecture, "Voyages of the Future", by Professor Paul Callaghan. Live video link of the Transit in progress. Tickets are limited and must be booked by email transit@rsnz.org or phone (04) 470 5755. Presented by the Royal Society of New Zealand in association with Radio New Zealand. Soundings Theatre, Level 2.

Wednesday 9 10am-5pm: 'Framing the Pacific: Theorising Culture and Society'. A day of public seminar presentations by students of Pacific Studies 301 course at Victoria University, Wellington. Soundings Theatre, Level 2. Free entry. 4.30pm-5.30pm: Astronaut Don Pettit will speak to children and answer questions about life in Space. Dr Pettit spent almost half of last year on the International Space Station and returned to Earth aboard the Russian Soyuz craft. Presented in conjunction with Carter Observatory. The Marae, Level 4. Free entry. 7pm-8pm: The Carter Lecturer for 2004: Astronaut Don Pettit PhD. Don will speak about spending almost half of last year on the International Space Station, where he successfully completed two space walks during his 161 days in space. He was in space at the time of the Columbia Shuttle disaster, resulting in his stay being extended by two months. He was one of two Americans to return to Earth aboard the Russian Soyuz craft. Presented in conjunction with Carter Observatory. Tickets are free but must be booked by calling Carter Observatory on (04) 472 8167, and press 0 for bookings. Soundings Theatre, Level 2.

Thursday 10 5.30pm & 7.45pm: Public Starlab sessions in Te Reo Mäori. Enjoy stargazing and learning about Matariki at this mini planetarium. 45 mins. Numbers limited to the first 20 people. Please see the host in PlaNet Pasifika, Level 4. Free entry. 6.30pm-7.30pm: 'Tuku Iho' Indigenous Rights and Ethics panel discussion. Join Professor Nancy King, School of Medicine, North Carolina University, and two other panellists. They are at Te Papa as keynote speakers at the Matauranga Tuku Iho Tikanga Rangahau Traditional Knowledge & Research Ethics Conference. For more info about the conference visit www.researchethics2004.maori.nz Soundings Theatre, Level 2. Free entry.

Saturday 12 Matariki Youth Weekend 11am-12 noon: Make a Matariki starscope. Te Huka ä Tai, Level 4. Cost $2. 11am, 1.45pm & 3pm: Public Starlab sessions. Enjoy stargazing and learning about Matariki at this mini planetarium. 45 mins. Numbers limited to the first 20 people. Please see the host in PlaNet Pasifika, Level 4. Free entry. 1pm-2pm: KO AU & Te Rangi 2 Mai. Two of New Zealand's most exciting rangatahi (youth) groups perform high-energy songs from their latest recordings. The Marae, Level 4. Free entry.

Sunday 13 Matariki Whänau Day Te Huka ä Tai, Level 4, unless otherwise noted. 10am-11am: Make a Matariki Badge. Cost $2. 11am-12 noon: Make your very own Matariki constellation box. Cost $2. 12 noon-1pm: Matariki Storytelling. Enjoy a magical story telling session with Erana Hemmingsen and Terrance Griffiths. Free entry. 1pm-2pm: YMCA Wanganui - Y We Dance Performance and Workshop. An explosive programme encouraging youth to discover themselves through music and dance. The Marae, Level 4. 2pm-3pm: Discovery Hour Taonga Püoro. Hey kids! Join Dion Peita, one of Te Papa's Mäori Collection Managers, to find out all about how taonga püoro are made and used.Free entry. 3pm-4pm: Make a Porotiti. Cost $2. 4pm-5pm: Mäori games and Puzzles. Join in playing popular Mäori games. Free entry. Plus enter the all day Matariki colouring competition!

Tuesday 15 6.30pm: Matariki dinner. Set in Te Papa's Te Marae, enjoy a superb three-course set dinner with Matariki wines. Guest speaker and acclaimed Mäori chef, Charles Royal will give an exciting talk about indigenous ingredients and food styles. Howard McGuire and Elena will perform through the evening. Cost $95 per person all-inclusive. Bookings essential on (04) 381 7272.

Wednesday 16 11am-12 noon: Kapa Haka Rocks. Enjoy two of New Zealand's best secondary school Kapa Haka groups who are competing in the Kapa Haka Rocks 2004 performance and arts festival held in Wellington, 16-18 June. Wellington Foyer, Level 2. Free entry.

Thursday 17 11am-12 noon: Kapa Haka Rocks. Enjoy two of New Zealand's best secondary school Kapa Haka groups who are competing in the Kapa Haka Rocks 2004 performance and arts festival held in Wellington, 16-18 June. Wellington Foyer, Level 2. Free entry. 5.30pm & 7.45pm: Public Starlab sessions. Enjoy locating the different stars at this mini planetarium, and learn about Matariki. 45 mins. Numbers limited to the first 20 people. Please see the host in PlaNet Pasifika, Level 4. Free entry. 6pm-7pm: "Pounamu" traditional and contemporary Mäori Kapa Haka group. Wellington Foyer, Level 2. Free entry. 6.30pm-7.30pm: Mai Te Ao Kohatu Ki te Ao Marama. The dawn rising of the Matariki (Pleiades) star cluster is significant to many cultures. Kay Leather, from Carter Observatory, and guests tell us about Matariki and its importance through a music, dance, and data show. Soundings Theatre, Level 2. Free entry.

Friday 18 11am-12 noon: Kapa Haka Rocks. Enjoy two of New Zealand's best secondary school Kapa Haka groups who are competing in the Kapa Haka Rocks 2004 performance and arts festival held in Wellington, 16-18 June. Wellington Foyer, Level 2. Free entry.

Saturday 19 11am, 12 noon, & 3pm: Public Starlab sessions. Enjoy stargazing and learning about Matariki at this mini planetarium. 45 mins. Numbers limited to the first 20 people. Please see the host in PlaNet Pasifika, Level 4. Free entry. 12 noon-1pm: "Mauriora" of Te Wananga O Aotearoa - Tokoroa presents a show of traditional and contemporary Cook Island dance and Mäori kapa haka. Wellington Foyer, Level 2. Free entry. 1pm-2.30pm: Toni Huata and Mauri Tö, Spirit of the Pacific. Toni Huata performs music from her albums, supported by Mauri Tö musician's, dancers, models, and contemporary Mäori fashion designers Suzanne Tamaki, Native Style, deciumcompri and Kaakahu Korowai. The Marae, Level 4. Free entry.

Sunday 20 11am, 2.15pm, & 3.15pm: Public Starlab sessions. Enjoy stargazing and learning about Matariki at this mini planetarium. 45 mins. Numbers limited to the first 20 people. Please see the host in PlaNet Pasifika, Level 4. Free entry. 12.30pm-2pm: Whanganui Iwi musical showcase. As Te Papa's Matariki celebrations draw to a close, celebrate with Te Papa's iwi in residence. Enjoy a variety of musicians from the Awa including Phil Ponga and Te Reo O Nga Manu. The Marae, Level 4. Free entry.

Tuesday 22 8pm-9.30pm: The Los Angeles Improv Show. If you like Whose Line is it Anyway?, you'll love this improvised comedy show featuring J D Walsh from Los Angeles. Soundings Theatre, Level 2. Admission charges apply. For more info, and to book, contact Ticketek on (04) 384 3840.

Wednesday 23 WILD DESIGN: A FRESH LOOK AT NATURE EXHIBITION OPENS! 8pm-9.30pm: The Los Angeles Improv Show. If you like Whose Line is it Anyway?, you'll love this improvised comedy show featuring J D Walsh from Los Angeles. Soundings Theatre, Level 2. Admission charges apply. For more info, and to book, contact Ticketek on (04) 384 3840.

Thursday 24 OLYMPIC WEEK AT TE PAPA! 6pm-7pm: 'Ancient Greek Games, Economics and Power'. Dr Matthew Trundle, Senior Lecturer in Classics at Victoria University, discusses the organisation and politics of the ancient Greek Games at Olympia and other major Games centres of the ancient world, from their beginnings as local festivals for worship to the glorious classical age when the major powers of the ancient world vied to win. And what would it have been like to attend an ancient festival at Olympia or Delphi? Soundings Theatre, Level 2. Free entry.

Saturday 26 Olympic Week - Greek Olympic Family Day. Inspiration Station, Level 4. All events free entry, unless noted. 10am-11am: Make an Olympic wreath. Cost $2. 11am-12 noon: Make an Olympic badge. Cost $2. 12 noon-1pm: Join Inspiration Station's fun Mini Olympic Games! 1pm-2pm: Learn about the exciting world of the Ancient Olympics with Tolis Papazoglou. 2pm-3pm: Greek folk dance from the Junior GOYANZ Dancers. 3pm-4pm: Mary Floratos tells the story of Theseus and the Minotaur, as well as other Greek myths and legends. Plus an all day colouring-in competition and spot prizes for the best-dressed Greek god, goddess, hero or mythical creature!

5pm-6.30pm & 8pm-9.30pm: The Endurance: Shackleton's Legendary Antarctic Expedition (2000). Based on the book by Caroline Alexander, and directed by George Butler, this documentary traces Sir Ernest Shackleton's 1914-16 expedition to Antarctica, with new Antarctic footage and interviews with descendents. Soundings Theatre, Level 2. Admission charges apply. For more info and to book contact Ticketek on (04) 384 3840.

Sunday 27 2pm-5pm: 'The Olympic Games Experience'. Five New Zealand Olympians will reflect on their Olympic Games experiences. Tracing their early influences in sport, through to national competition and Olympic selection, each Olympian will provide an inspirational insight into what it takes to compete in a sport at the highest level. Soundings Theatre, Level 2. Free entry.

SHORT-TERM EXHIBITIONS:

Matariki @ Te Papa Celebrate Matariki - the Mäori New Year - with four weeks of free musical performances, lectures, storytelling, and fun! See above for details. Until 20 June 2004.Free entry.

Antarctic Heroes: The race to the South Pole The South Pole was a magnet for a generation of Antarctic explorers in the early twentieth century. This exhibition tells the compelling stories of Scott, Amundsen, and Shackleton, of the epic and tragic race to reach the Pole, and the ill-fated Endurance expedition. Discover what led these men to face the dangers of a savage environment, what drove their heroic feats, and what inspired their extraordinary endurance in the face of both triumph and disaster. Until 26 October 2004. Adult $6.50, child (4-14 years) $4.00. Up to two children gain free admission if accompanied by an adult.

Judy Darragh: So... You Made It? Developed by Te Papa in collaboration with Judy Darragh, this exhibition showcases over sixty works from the last eighteen years. It reviews the history of Darragh's practice, while the inclusion of a brand-new body of work foregrounds her status as an artist of today. Until 29 August 2004. Free entry.

John Kinder's New Zealand A major art exhibition of watercolours and photographs by the renowned nineteenth-century artist John Kinder. Until 29 August 2004. Free entry.

Wild Design: A fresh look at nature Enjoy a visual feast of photographs, objects, and artworks that bring you up close to design in the natural world. 23 June-late 2005. Free entry.

Te Awa Tupua: The Whanganui Iwi Exhibition In partnership with Te Papa, Whanganui iwi present stories and taonga from their unique Whanganui river culture, from Te Kähui Maunga (the mountain clan) to Tangaroa (the sea). The exhibition's central theme is contained in the whakatauakï (proverb), 'E rere kau mai te awa nui mai Te Kähui Maunga ki Tangaroa, ko au te awa ko te awa ko au.' (The great river flows from the mountain clan to Tangaroa, I am the river; the river is me). Until May 2006. Free entry.

Kiri's Dresses: A glimpse into a Diva's wardrobe Dresses from Dame Kiri Te Kanawa's wardrobe and her memories of them give an intimate glimpse into the life of a world-famous lyric soprano. Until September 2004. Free entry.

This service provides up to the minute information on our new exhibitions, events, and other news, as well as a monthly summary of what is currently on.

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