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Latest science comes to life in new Te Taiao | Nature

10 May 2019

A create-your-own tsunami tank and a ringside seat to the super-eruption that created Lake Taupō are among the GNS Science research showcased in Te Papa’s new nature zone Te Taiao | Nature.

The new exhibit, which opens to the public on Saturday (11 May) brings New Zealand’s unique landscape to life in a rich and interactive exhibition.

GNS Science Chief Executive Ian Simpson says the exhibition reflects the latest scientific understanding which is explained through vivid storytelling, displays and animation.

“Te Taiao is about the past, present and future,” he says.

“Visitors will connect with the world around them through traditional Māori knowledge and the latest cutting-edge science.

“GNS Science has been a proud sponsor and partner of Te Papa for the last 20 years and we’re excited to be part of this new exhibit.”

GNS Science was a key contributor to the original Awesome Forces exhibit in 1998 and more than 20 staff have worked on the three-year redevelopment.

GNS Science Volcanologist Graham Leonard says visitors will be able to see some natural features for the first time.

“This is the first time we’ve visualised the Ōruanui eruption that created Lake Taupō, and the first museum to prominently display our continent Te Riu-a-Māui/Zealandia.

“We’re hoping visitors not only appreciate how our beautiful country has been shaped – but appreciate the hazards that it comes with, and take away messages of resilience.

“We worked with the Ministry of Civil Defence and Emergency Management and EQC to tell visitors a story about how to live safely with the natural hazards we have in Aotearoa.”

Te Taiao | Nature opens to the public on Saturday 11 May, with extended opening hours of 9am till 9pm. Free entry.


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