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Te Reo (Voice)

Voice is about being heard - saying "hi", kata (laughing), waiata (singing), mana (power).

Te Toka (Rock)

Rock is the foundation of this whenua (land). It is solidarity, weight, and kaha (strength). It grounds us and provides us whakamarumaru (shelter). Without rock Tāmaki Makaurau Auckland would be a lot flatter, and Mt Smart would be hūmārie kē atu (quieter) on a Saturday night.

Te Tote (Salt)

Salt is in the seas all around Auckland and in our tinana (bodies) too. In small doses, it keeps us hauora (healthy) and lets our koiora moana (marine life) flourish. Without salt, we wouldn't have a catch of the day.

NZRSA: The early years of working for soldiers

Soldiers returning from war experienced a variety of difficulties including money, employment and social adjustment. In 1916 the NZRSA was formed and Māori politician Sir James Carroll referred to the "splendid work being done on behalf of the soldiers".

Hillary and Norgay first to climb Mount Everest

An ice axe, a diary, a journalist's writing, and a small piece of Mount Everest in a locket, all help us to understand the remarkable feat that led to an enduring relationship between Edmund Hillary and the Sherpa people of Nepal.

The i-wau and warrior culture of 19th-century Fiji

Amongst all the Pacific cultures, Fiji has shown perhaps the most innovation in the development of efficient and fearsome weapons. A wide range of weapons was made and i-wau, or depending on dialect i-ravu (clubs) of various types were particularly favoured.

The King chest of drawers and the early NZ missionaries

John and Hannah King were one of three artisan missionary couples who came to New Zealand with Rev Samuel Marsden to set up a mission in 1814. The Kings' belongings included a chest of drawers, now part of the Museum collection.

The Victoria Cross

The Victoria Cross, the highest award for valour in the British and Commonwealth armed forces, has been produced by the same company, from the same bronze and to same exact detail since it was first issued in 1856. Here we recall brief stories about two of New Zealand's recipients.

War and peace in Auckland Domain

From pre-European times until after the Second World War, the Auckland Domain has been occupied by people involved in activities related to war and peace.