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  • My favourite object: Ahu’ula

    Wednesday, 21 March 2018

    In this piece, our Senior Collection Technician, Sarah Bishop, tells us about her favourite taonga - a stunning garments a red and yellow Hawaiian cloak made from hundreds of feathers.

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  • Biological namesakes

    Tuesday, 13 March 2018

    Just this week, a bright-orange clingfish, Dellichthys Trnskii, burst onto the scene – and it bears the name of our Head of Natural Science, Tom Trnski. Our curators and collection managers share their names with a handful of species from 'super cute flies' to dwarf seaweed species. In this blog, we took the opportunity to ask them about their namesakes and how they acquired them.

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  • Capturing time

    Tuesday, 6 March 2018

    Photographer Jen Carol encountered many challenges and delights when she embarked on photographing the Museum's 100 antique pocket watches.

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  • Flags in the Hall of Memories

    Museum staff regularly receive questions about the flags on display around the World War One Sanctuary. It is generally stated that the flags represent those who signed the Treaty of Versailles on the 28th of June 1919. But this is not correct. Given these curious decisions and some notable omissions, we needed to do more digging to solve the mystery of the flags.

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  • Message in a Bottle

    Thursday, 1 March 2018

    Glass bottles have made their way into the History collection from many sources - some contain wine, while others hold miraculous cures. But they all need to be housed safely!

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  • Proud

    Wednesday, 14 February 2018

    Collection Manager, Siren Deluxe is one of 30 Auckland Museum staff members who will be joining Pride Parade this Saturday. In this blog, she talks about the history of the parade, the growth of Rainbow Museums and our desire to do more to collect items that tell the stories of LGBTQI communities, individuals and milestones.

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  • Colour Our Collections

    Our Documentary Heritage team is proud to join the global initiative #ColourOurCollections that was kicked off a couple of years ago by the New York Academy of Medicine to encourage people to colour the collections of libraries, archives, and museums from around the world.

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  • The Journey of a Necklace

    Thursday, 25 January 2018

    Each year, hundreds of Pacific objects pass through the hands of our team of conservators, technicians, photographers and knowledge holders who all help us to honour our role as kaitiaki to these intricate, fragile, elaborate, stunningly crafted and treasured taonga. In this blog, we follow the journey of a dolphin-tooth necklace.

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  • Timespanner

    Thursday, 11 January 2018

    Interview with time-lapse photographer and finalist in New Zealand Geographic Photographer of the Year 2017 Steven Harrison.

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  • Life Aquatic

    Wednesday, 10 January 2018

    Interview with New Zealand Geographic Photographer of the Year 2017 finalist Lola Wright.

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