Museum of New Zealand Te Papa Tongawera

Completion Date

April 2015

Careful planning and close collaboration deliver excellent results.

Our Wellington Projects & Interiors team have completed a number of projects at Te Papa since 2006, including work on various exhibitions. The most recent was the hugely popular Gallipoli: the scale of our war exhibition, which was developed by Te Papa and Wētā Workshop.

More akin to building a film set than our usual construction projects, our project team developed a clear understanding of the operational requirements within this unique environment. The combination of careful planning, close collaboration with the client and Wētā Workshop, and a great deal of out of hours working delivered excellent results.

Working night shifts to comply with strict noise restrictions in the live museum environment and to complete projects to tight deadlines has been a feature of our work at Te Papa, which has included landmark exhibitions such as Tangata o le Moana, Poisoners!, Scots in New Zealand, and Whales. We also built the packing crates for the Whales exhibition as it set off on a world tour, which required some unusual insurance clauses when some of the exhibits were moved to our yard in Seaview!

In addition to the exhibition projects, we replaced Te Papa’s exterior cladding in a three-stage project over two-years, completing the works ahead of programme and with minimal disruption to the museum.


Categories: Government, Leisure & Cultural, Projects & Interiors, Wellington