Lone figure to the right starring out at an expanse of snow covered mountains.
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Archives and Antarctica: sharing the history of Victoria University of Wellington’s Antarctic Expeditions

Te Herenga Waka – Victoria University of Wellington’s scientific community has held a unique relationship with Antarctica for more than 60 years. Since 1957, VUWAE expeditions have taken over 400 staff and students to the ice to assist in discovering and understanding this remarkable part of the planet.

A VUWAE reunion was organised by the Antarctic Research Centre in 2008, with those attending being invited to bring photographs and artefacts for donation or scanning. That collection is now held within Tapuaka, VUW Library’s Heritage & Archives area, along with the VUWAE trip reports and various other published and unpublished archives. It provides an interesting and very human counterpoint to the more scientific records each trip produces. Join us to learn more about the history of Antarctic Exploration at Victoria University of Wellington, and how we are working to bring some of these archives online via Recollect and Digital NZ.

Health & Safety

In the event of a fire or earthquake, attendees will need to evacuate via the stairwell, down three flights of stairs to the ground floor.

JC Beaglehole Reading Room, Tapuaka Heritage & Archive Collections Level 4, Rankine Brown Building, Te Pātaka Kōrero - The Library Te Herenga Waka - Victoria University of Wellington Wellington 6140





Event times

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1-2pm Thu 2 Nov

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Tapuaka Heritage & Archive Collections

Tapuaka is the Māori name for the heritage & archive collections at Te Herenga Waka – Victoria University of Wellington. A tapuaka is a particular knot that was used traditionally by Māori to tie the punga (anchor) of a waka (canoe). Thus the name Tapuaka relates to the idea of our university as ‘Te Herenga Waka’ – the ‘hitching post’, our people as the 'waka', and us as the anchor knot connecting our past to the present. Tapuaka’s mission is to preserve and make accessible the social and cultural history of our university for current and future generations. We also hold many other collections of archives, developed over time to support teaching and research at Te Herenga Waka and in the wider community. Our collections are a treasure trove of historical materials that includes rare books, manuscripts, photographs, maps, pamphlets, objects, and other unique items.

Email: jcbeaglehole-room@vuw.ac.nz

Phone: 022 064 5681

Website: https://wgtn.recollect.co.nz/