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The Liquitater
11 August 2021by Te Manawa
The Liquitater
In the final entry in this series, Simon Johnson examines another mechanical device in the Te Manawa collection: the spud gun. Where it arose, how it was marketed, and some of the controversy that swirls around toys of this nature.
Mind That Zebra – The Rise of the Tin Toy
10 August 2021by Te Manawa
Mind That Zebra – The Rise of the Tin Toy
Simon Johnson explores the background of a mechanical zebra toy in the Te Manawa collection. This toy and many like it once dominated European toy markets in the first half of the 20th century - but now they are rare items.
Meccano Airport Service Set No. 4
28 April 2021by Te Manawa
Meccano Airport Service Set No. 4
As empires rise, so they too must fall. Simon Johnson follows up on his Mechanics Made Easy post by tracing the history of Meccano from post-war to the present day. One item in the heritage collection at Te Manawa is a landmark for the brand’s struggle to survive in an increasingly crowded market.
Mechanics Made Easy
28 April 2021by Te Manawa
Mechanics Made Easy
The heritage collection at Te Manawa contains many curiosities. Inspired by an example of “Mechanics Made Easy”, local historian Simon Johnson charts the rise of Meccano and the toy empire of engineering entrepreneur Frank Hornby.
Collecting after Covid
20 January 2021by Te Manawa
Collecting after Covid
Every year Te Manawa adds dozens of items to its collections. Artworks to the art collection; artifacts of our society, past and present, to the heritage collection. Long before anyone had heard of Covid-19, collecting was to be paused during the first six months of 2020. When a community is as generous with its donations as this one, says collections manager Jeff Fox, sometimes you need to stop to get your breath back...
Warding off the march of time
25 August 2020by Te Manawa
Warding off the march of time
Creating digital backups of artworks is a way of preserving them
A rebel for all seasons
27 May 2019by Te Manawa
A rebel for all seasons
Some people are going to make trouble no matter where they go!
Behind the mask, behind the scenes
15 March 2019by Te Manawa
Behind the mask, behind the scenes
For the Festival of Cultures we took a dive into the collections store
The art of flying
30 May 2018by Te Manawa
The art of flying
What do a Palmerston North art teacher, the Duke of Gloucester and a WW1 flying ace from Hunterville have in common?
An unbreakable bond
9 May 2018by Te Manawa
An unbreakable bond
How New Zealand women came to the aid of WW2 Polish soldiers
Still more to explore
22 March 2018by Te Manawa
Still more to explore
We visit the Āpiti studio of artist Eric Brew
Take me to the river
20 July 2017by Te Manawa
Take me to the river
Te Manawa commissioned a painting from local artist Shane Cotton. The finished work, River Diamond Blue, was on display in the Supernova exhibition alongside its working drawing. Rob Mildon and Jeff Fox spoke with Shane about the painting and its creation.
The town’s gowns
19 September 2016by Te Manawa
The town’s gowns
Te Manawa interviews Jill White, who was mayor of Palmerston North from 1998-2001, about the robes of office, that were displayed in our 2016 Nova exhibition.

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