Significant 2007 acquisitions include Doris Lusk’s Akaroa Harbour, Banks Peninsula. The painting strengthens Te Papa’s holdings of a key regionalist artist at the most crucial point of her career. It is also a work that has a natural affinity with others in the collection by artists working in the same period. These include Colin McCahon (especially his Otago Peninsula), Rita Angus, Olivia Spencer Bower, and Rata Lovell Smith.
An acquisition of four works from 1991 to 2005 by contemporary artist Julian Dashper helped bring Te Papa's holdings of his work up to date. Together they present a concise and thorough holding of an important and unique New Zealand conceptual painter.
One hundred and twenty-nine photographs by contemporary photographer Peter Black were acquired, updating Te Papa's holdings of Black's work from 1986. This collection ranged across a number of his major series, such as Sites, Autoportraits, Public and Moving Pictures.
Other notable acquisitions included a collection of 63 sculptures and printed material by British artists Eric Gill and David Jones, mostly published by the St Dominics and Ditchling presses in the first half of the twentieth century; thirteen major photographs by celebrated New Zealand photographer Marti Friedlander from the 1960s and '70s; and nine photographs from Christine Webster's 'Black carnival' series.