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The Battle of Passchendaele

Find out why this major World War One battle took place and how it led to two of New Zealand's greatest tragedies amid dreadful conditions.

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.

A rugby legacy: The Originals and the Invincibles

It's no secret that rugby has loomed large in New Zealand's national imagination for over a century. In 1924 the NZ Truth newspaper extolled the way the sport commanded the country's interest: "Rugby suits the athletic genius of New Zealand".

New Zealand troops in Sāmoa

After Britain declared war on Germany on 4 August 1914, New Zealand sent an Expeditionary Force Advance Party to capture the German territory of Sāmoa and the state-of-the-art wireless tower recently erected near Apia to capture the German territory on behalf of the British Empire.

Ancient currency or petrified food?

Sometimes, human history and natural history are neatly entwined, as was recently discovered when researching a pair of disc-shaped fossil specimens.

Long live our noble Queen: Events and mementoes

On 9 September 2015, the reigning British monarch Queen Elizabeth II surpassed her great-great-grandmother Queen Victoria's record of 63 years and 216 days.​ In the past, momentous occasions have been marked with the production of official and unofficial commemorative souvenirs.

Early European charts of the Pacific Ocean

The Museum Library has in its collection a number of maps dating from the 17th and 18th centuries that depict the charting of the Pacific as Europeans sailed around the world and recorded their search for new territories and exotic merchandise.

Still simmering: Cookbook time capsules

You don't need to be a chef to appreciate the charm of old cookbooks. They have always offered more than mere instruction on ingredients and method.

Zambesi: Edge of darkness

Fashion house Zambesi is rightly considered an iconic New Zealand label. Elisabeth Findlay's designs contain an enormous and continual capacity to surprise and to achieve a level of emotional resonance that is rare in contemporary fashion.