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Paper mulberry: Prized across the Pacific

Paper, clothing, medicine, rope, furniture and food - all have been made from the paper mulberry tree, a Southeast Asian native tree that can now be found across the Pacific.

Photographs of a prophet

Images by Auckland Weekly News staff photographers George Bourne and Arthur Ninnis Breckon provide a visual record of the Tūhoe prophet, Rua Kēnana Hepetipa.

The underground war

The New Zealand Tunnelling Company were the first New Zealanders to arrive at the Western Front - in March 1916.

Illustrated leaves

Herbals are books containing names, descriptions and illustrations of plants; forilegia are books of floral illustrations. Auckland Museum's collection includes herbal and florilegium volumes from as early as the 16th century.

​Early aviation and true trailblazers​

New Zealand's airline industry is built on the determination of a few enterprising aviation enthusiasts who fostered a proud tradition of flying. The importance of air travel to New Zealand cannot be overstated and it didn't take long to get started in this country.

Tapa of the Pacific

Tapa or barkcloth made from the inner bark of certain trees is one of the most distinctive products of the cultures of the Pacific islands.

Mrs Alice Mickle: Friend of the soldiers

As the wife of the local doctor, Mrs Alice Mickle knew many of the 'Birkenhead boys' who left for the First World War. She collected their photos and letters in an album, captioning each one with details about the individual’s service.​

Emma Knuckey

It was a long way from post war rural Taranaki to the 'New Look' of Europe's fashion scene but, in 1949, Emma Knuckey left the farm and sailed with her husband to London.

High-flying fashion

Cabin crew uniforms form an important part of a carriers' identity; this is certainly true for our national airlines where they've long played a starring role. ​ ​