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Collecting in the time of COVID-19

MOTAT is looking for New Zealand inventions and innovations designed, made, or dreamt up during the COVID-19 pandemic. If you have something you think belongs in our COVID-19 collection please let us know here.
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MOTAT is creating a Covid-19 COLLECTION to showcase items of technological, scientific, or transport related significance that evolved during life in lockdown and during the COVID pandemic.

We are asking for the public's help to capture this moment for future generations.

We have already collected incredible items from individuals, companies and students who have displayed remarkable ingenuity and developed products and prototypes to help manage the COVID-19 pandemic.

If you’ve built, made or designed anything as a result of COVID-19 (big or small), then MOTAT would love to hear from you. Please complete the Collection Offer Form with as much detail as possible.


Here are some of the items MOTAT has already collected and exhibited from the COVID-19 pandemic.

PEAR-1 prototype ventilator

The PEAR-1 prototype ventilator designed by a group of friends from St John's College in Hastings.

Suzy Respiratory Hood

The Suzy MCP Respiratory Hood uses 3D printed plastic and merino wool and was developed by SouthMED.


MOTAT's Parapara Ingenious exhibition features two stories of New Zealand innovation and community spirit.

The first is 3D printed face shields from ShieldsUp who rallied a community of makers with 3D printers all over New Zealand to print and deliver 18,000 face shields across the country in just over seven weeks.

And the second is the story of Hills Hats, a 145-year-old millinery company in Wellington. Hills Hats diversified from making bespoke headwear to producing stylish and practical face masks for anyone who needed one. 

A pharmacy team wearing their ShieldsUp face shields during lockdown.
A pharmacy team wearing their ShieldsUp face shields during lockdown.