Getting to Our Place

Te Papa

Director Gaylene Preston, Anna Cottrell

Producer Gaylene Preston

Editor Paul Sutorius

Cinematography Chris Terpstra, Darryn Smith

A documentary which chronicles the history of the creation of the Museum of New Zealand Te Papa Tongarewa to mark 20 years since its official opening on 14 January 1998.

Te Papa was said to be the largest museum construction project in the world of the 1990s and the success of its creation is a testament to the vision and determination of Te Papa's founding chief executive Dame Cheryll Sotheran, who passed away recently. To quote Te Papa current chief executive, Geraint Martin "Her spirit of innovation, of challenging the status quo, is part of Te Papa's DNA."

“Over almost three years, from 1996 to 1998, [Gaylene Preston and Anna Cottrell] shot 600 hours of video tape in and around Te Papa. Almost all of the footage was of the meetings where the concepts were hammered out for the displays that would fill the hulking museum on the Wellington waterfront..... Most simply it is a fascinating look behind the scenes of a historic project which, as creative and commercial interests collide, has many of the hallmarks of a thriller.” - Peter Calder, New Zealand Herald, 14/7/99