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Documenting the new Auckland International Airport

​Auckland Anniversary weekend marked the 50th anniversary of the opening of Auckland Airport. In the early 1960s, Māngere photographer Trevor Penman documented the transformation - from an aerodrome to an international gateway.

Auckland Roll of Honour

​A Roll of Honour is a list of names of people who served their country during war. Whether marked in stone, newsprint or handwritten, a Roll of Honour is a poignant reminder of the impact of war.

How to stuff an elephant

It is almost 80 years since Rajah the elephant debuted in the Hall of General Natural History at Auckland Museum.

One journey never taken by Captain Scott

It is the smallest of collection items, yet this scrap of paper is a profound reminder of the transitory nature of our lives. Marine invertebrates curator Wilma Blom discovered this unclipped rail ticket issued to Captain R F Scott in the Manuscript collection at Auckland Museum.​

Bruce Papas: Advocate of elegance

Forty years before the establishment of New Zealand Fashion Week, 'fashion promotion' meant parades and competitions. In 1961, Aucklander Bruce Papas won the era's top fashion design competition - the inaugural Golden Shears.

​Thomas Cheeseman's travelling writing case​

​This travelling writing case belonged to Thomas Frederick Cheeseman. A keen botanist, he was the first director of the Auckland Institute and Museum and travelled throughout New Zealand, collecting and recording plants, and observing the geographical terrain. ​​

Tale of the giant moa

One of our most remarkable exhibits – a three-metre tall female giant moa reconstruction – has turned 100 years old. Built in 1913, she tells a unique (but ultimately tragic) evolutionary tale and recalls museum displays over the century.

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.​

The Auckland Museum frieze: Scenes of war

The frieze wrapping around the exterior of the Auckland War Memorial Museum building skilfully blends ancient with modern to bring the timelessness and grandeur of Ancient Greece together with the story of New Zealanders in WWI and WWII. ​