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Te Huka (Sugar)

Sugar provides vital energy but it can be pretty hard to resist, and not just for humans. It motivates our pollinating pepeke (insects) and energises kākā. Without huka (sugar), much of the mahi nui (hard work) done by West Auckland orchardists would be, well, fruitless.

Te Maitai (Metal)

Metal is all around us, sometimes shining, often matangaro (invisible). It is the tupua (magic) behind early photography and the secret to fertile volcanic soils. Without it, Piha Beach would leave your waewae (feet) a lot mā kē atu (cleaner).

Te Paru (Mud)

Mud, mud, glorious mud, there’s nothing quite like it. Mud lets us whakatupu kai (grow food) and make the pereti (plate) to eat it from. Without it, trees would topple over!

Te Reo (Voice)

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

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.

Te Hau (Wind)

Wind is all around us. It flies the kites, disperses the seeds, and erodes the whenua (land). Without it sailors would have to reach for their oars, migrating manu (birds) would struggle, and there would be no cool summer matangi (breeze).

Antarctic geological connections

Most of the Antarctic rock specimens at Auckland Museum are from Ross Island and McMurdo Sound, and a number were collected during the Scott or Shackleton Expeditions.

South Auckland real estate plans

View posters for South Auckland housing estate auctions during the early 1900s. These are from a collection donated by Miss Ivy Smytheman, a real estate agent's daughter.

The 1914 White Island/Whakaari mining disaster

In September 1914, a crater wall collapse caused a lahar on the active marine volcano White Island, killing 10 sulphur miners.