RNZ and Te Papa collaborate on podcast showcasing national treasures

Te Papa will mark its 20th anniversary this week with a collaboration with Radio New Zealand showcasing a collection of national treasures.

Called Ours: Treasures from Te Papa, the new RNZ podcast features 20 episodes, each featuring an object from the Te Papa collection, a chat with its museum curator, and a conversation with New Zealanders who have a personal connection to the object.

The episodes are presented by Noelle McCarthy and feature well-known New Zealanders such as Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern and Top Twin, Linda Topp. 

The podcasts will be supported by online resources with videos, still images and additional information available to enhance the on-air broadcasts.

Each episode is between five and seven minutes long, and will be broadcast on RNZ National on Jesse Mulligan’s Afternoon show. The series will also be available as a podcast.

Chief executive of Te Papa, Geraint Martin, emphasised the importance of sharing those stories, saying Te Papa’s collections belong to all New Zealanders and it’s always finding new ways of sharing them.

“We know many Kiwis have a particular object they are obsessed with, and Ours gives an insight into that passion, as well as revealing new stories about the objects themselves. There is always more to discover about the objects we care for, and new stories to tell.”

For series presenter McCarthy the project provided an opportunity to explore the depth and diversity of taonga at Te Papa. 

“What a thrill to be introduced to this extraordinary collection of taonga by Te Papa’s wonderful curators and then hear of the beautiful, unexpected connections people have with them. I can’t wait to share these stories with listeners, from the Prime Minister’s first encounter with a sledge belonging to her hero Ernest Shackleton, to a nine-year-old boy’s passion for the colossal squid.” 

Ours: Treasures from Te Papa follows RNZ’s online project, Stories of Ruapekapeka, launched in October last year with Great Southern TV and New Zealand On Air.

The project offers historical accounts of the New Zealand Wars, with the hope of shedding light on a dark episode in New Zealand’s history by capturing both Māori and Pākehā views on Northland’s most infamous armed conflict.

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