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Science brought to life in cutting-edge exhibition

As a founding partner of New Zealand’s national museum Te Papa Tongarewa, we were excited to contribute our worldleading expertise to the museum’s new $11 million nature exhibition.

Te Taiao exhibition. Photo: Te Papa

Visitors to Te Taiao can watch the eruption that created Lake Taupo - or create their own tsunami. Photo: Te Papa

Te Taiao Nature opened in May 2019 and weaves Māori knowledge with the latest scientific understanding to bring to life New Zealand’s natural history. 

More than 20 of our scientists contributed to the design and creation of the geology, geohazard and climate change displays. 

The exhibition is the first time Te Riu-a-Māui/Zealandia, the vast undersea continent upon which New Zealand sits, has featured prominently in a museum. 

Other highlights include a sloshing twometre long tsunami tank and a cinematic visualisation of the violent eruption that created Lake Taupō. 

Working with the museum’s curators, our science was brought to life through vivid storytelling, artwork and interactive displays. This reflects not only our strong partnership with Te Papa, but also with others including the Earthquake Commission and the Ministry of Civil Defence and Emergency Management. And, because millions of visitors pass through Te Papa’s doors each year, the exhibition is a great example of connecting our science with the public — for many years to come.