Ngā kōrero paki mō ō matou whānau, hapu, Iwi, ō mātou taonga, me ō mātou kāinga.
Auckland Museum is home to over 4 million objects and a team of passionate people who care for, learn from, and share our important collections. Here are the stories from our people and our taonga. 

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Journey of a Necklace

Each year, hundreds of Pacific objects pass through the hands of our team of conservators, technicians, photographers and knowledge holders who all help us to honour our role as kaitiaki to these intricate, fragile, elaborate, stunningly crafted and treasured taonga.  In this blog, we follow the journey of a dolphin-tooth necklace. 

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The gourd, otherwise described as ipu, contains a holistic role within Hawaiian history and culture. Physically, the ipu can be used to carry food and water or store personal items. It can also be used to produce kani (sound) for mele (song) and hula (dance). Spiritually, the ipu has been used as a significant metaphor in procreation stories.

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Back to the Future in Northland

Earlier this year, a team from Auckland Museum joined Ngāti Kuri in a bioblitz at the tip of the North island. In this blog, Otago Lecturer in Ancient DNA, Nic Rawlence describes how iwi members, scientists, kids and educators worked together to uncover this lost world.

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Capturing Time

Auckland Museum Collections Photographer Jen Carol encountered many challenges and delights when she embarked on photographing the Museum's 100 antique pocket watches. Beautifully inscribed love notes, tiny engravings and intricate mechanics were just some of the small discoveries she made as she worked to capture the detail of these perfectly-formed timepieces.

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Archaeology on the maunga of Tāmaki Makaurau

From the 1950s - 1970s, archaeologists conducted a number of digs on three volcanic cones in Tāmaki Makaurau to discover more about how they were used by Māori.  In this blog, Archaeology Curator, Louise Furey explains how this helped to build a picture of the settlements on these distinctive land features.

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Far away but not forgotten

Known as the 'Nurse of the Mediterranean', Malta received thousands of sick and wounded soldiers from the bloody Gallipoli campaign. Many NZ soldiers spent time in the 27 hospitals on Malta, though unfortunately many of them didn't make it off the island. In this blog, researcher Dan Millar, highlights the Maltese connection to New Zealand First World War history. 

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