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Hauraki Gulf shearwaters: Globe-trotting on underwater wings

​These small seabirds are one of the most amazingly engineered creatures on the face of the planet, capable of movement above and below the seas surface that we can only dream of.​

Sea snakes and kraits in New Zealand

It's a common misconception that New Zealand has no snakes, but it's not the truth. Marine snakes, or sea snakes, are seen regularly in the waters around northern New Zealand.

Bluebottle Physalia physalis

New Zealanders like to pride themselves on living in a country with no harmful animals such as poisonous snakes or grizzly bears. But it is a different story in the ocean.

Spring flowers in Auckland Domain

Find out about a few plants very close to Auckland Museum, and learn about the language botanists use to describe introduced species.

Tairua trolling lure

Auckland Museum has in the collection a unique tangible link between Māori and the East Polynesian homeland. A fishing lure made from tropical black-lipped pearl shell was made in East Polynesia and brought here, on a waka, with the Polynesian settlers of Aotearoa.

The Huia

​In a country known globally for its unique bird diversity and the tragic loss of its birdlife following human arrival, no species resonates more in the stories of the formation of our nation than the huia.​

Te Hohoro (Speed)

Speed is winning the tauwhāinga (race) and rushing around, being the first to know the rongo kōrero (news), the first to out-manoeurve the hoariri (enemy). But you also have to know when to slow down... to enjoy the ao (world) around you... before life sprints away.

Te Wai (Water)

Water is a defining feature of Auckland. Both wai māori (fresh) and wai tai (salty), it nourishes and refreshes us, and in return requires looking after. Without water, the huarahi (roads) would be even more congested and our tūpuna (ancestors) might never have arrived here.

Ngā Parahanga (Waste)

Each of these brief stories about Auckland relates to an object from the Museum’s collection that’s linked to the topic of 'waste' in our Taku Tāmaki - Auckland Stories exhibition.