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Te Papa museum in Wellington

March 14, 2015

Origins house Te Papa museum

We are now in Wellington, New Zealand’s capital city, and home to the superb Te Papa museum.

The exhibits are spread over six levels and include elf costumes from the Lord of the Rings film set as well as displays about nature, the environment, migrants and maoris.

Our favourite section included this modern origins house called Te Hono Ki Hawaiki, which was commissioned to retell the creation myth of Papatuanuku and Ranguini who were separated by their 70 sons to become Earth Mother and Sky Father.

Tawhiri-matea, the only son who objected to the separation created the wind and the storms.

It seems that he is active out in the Pacific at the moment where four storms are converging. Two of them are due to hit Australia and we may suffer the effects of the backlash from Hurricane Pam, the strongest of the storms, as we travel to Napier tomorrow.

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