Wellington: Museum of New Zealand Te Papa Tongarewa

Museum of New Zealand Te Papa Tongarewa

“Te Papa is New Zealand’s innovative and interactive national museum. Explore the great treasures and stories of this country – its unique natural environment, Maori culture, art heritage, and fascinating history.”Museum of New Zealand Te Papa TongarewaMuseum of New Zealand Te Papa Tongarewa

There was so much to see in here. I am only posting a chosen few photos.Museum of New Zealand Te Papa Tongarewa

The most interesting sight that time was the exhibit of “Gallipoli: The Scale of Our War”. More about this on my next post.Museum of New Zealand Te Papa Tongarewa

Another must-know story is “The treaty of Waitangi”.Museum of New Zealand Te Papa Tongarewa

“The Treaty of Waitangi is an agreement made in 1840 between representatives of the British Crown and more than 500 Māori chiefs. It resulted in the declaration of British sovereignty over New Zealand.”Museum of New Zealand Te Papa Tongarewa

“Most chiefs signed a Māori-language version of the treaty. The English- and Māori-language versions held different meanings. The Māori and Europeans therefore had different expectations of the treaty’s terms. Ever since, resolution of these differences has presented New Zealand with challenges.”Museum of New Zealand Te Papa Tongarewa

This is the only colossal squid specimen on display in the world.Museum of New Zealand Te Papa Tongarewa“Meet the colossal squid – eyes the size of soccer balls and awesome, rotating tentacle hooks.”Museum of New Zealand Te Papa Tongarewa

Te Papa Tongarewa literally means ‘container of treasures’.Museum of New Zealand Te Papa Tongarewa

Museum of New Zealand Te Papa TongarewaDo you see how creative this sign is? I just had a whakaahua in a no whakaahua sign. :PMuseum of New Zealand Te Papa TongarewaEven if we didn’t have enough time to see everything, I was happy that I had a glimpse of the Māori and the Pacific cultural treasures.Museum of New Zealand Te Papa Tongarewa

Words in italics are taken from:
https://www.tepapa.govt.nz/
https://www.newzealand.com/in/plan/business/museum-of-new-zealand-te-papa-tongarewa-te-papa/
https://www.teara.govt.nz/en/treaty-of-waitangi/page-1

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