A Decade of Days – Auckland through Robin Morrison’s eyes Past Event 12 December 2013 - 11 May 2014 © Robin Morrison, (ca. 1985) On a yellow busPermission of Auckland War Memorial Museum Tamaki Paenga Hira must be obtained before any re-use of this image.© Robin MorrisonAuckland Museum Pictorial Collection Robin Morrison (1944-1993) was one of New Zealand’s most celebrated photojournalists. His striking, unpretentious images allowed us to see ourselves, and our way of life, as if for the first time. This exhibition featured a selection of Robin’s black and white photographs of his city, Auckland, from 1971 to 1985. Most were found in a folder labelled ‘Decade of Days’ amid the vast collection of images given to the Museum before he died. Visitors saw the city’s hidden places, the events that shaped it and its people, famous and infamous. The small selection of images offered a window into the Museum’s rich collection of Robin Morrison photographs and an insight into the true significance of his work. Exhibition extends into heart of Otara A selection of Robin Morrison’s photographs was also exhibited across three window boxes in the heart of Otara’s town centre. Dame Whina CooperWhina Cooper (Te Rārawa) was born in the Hokianga in 1895. She inherited her leadership skills from her father, the chief Heremia Te Wake. Dame Whina was instrumental in developing agriculture on Māori land in the Hokianga, before rising to national prominence in 1951 as the first president of the Māori Women’s Welfare League.Read more The last reunionOn Anzac Day 1975, New Zealand’s Gallipoli veterans gathered in Auckland for their last national reunion. The youngest was 76 years old. Sixty years earlier they had been together among the bombs, bullets, mud and carnage.Read more Frank SargesonRobin Morrison’s friend, the historian Michael King, wrote that this image did what no other portrait of the writer Frank Sargeson had ever done.Read more Nursing homeThese pictures were taken for a 1975 Listener article exploring how a shortage of hospital beds in Auckland had led to many rest homes providing elderly care, despite being woefully under resourced.Read more Bastion Point / TakaparawhauOn 25 May 1978, a convoy of military vehicles carrying 800 police and soldiers left Hobsonville air base on its way to end the Māori occupation of Bastion Point/Takaparawhau. Ngāti Whātua protestors and supporters had been peacefully occupying the point for the past 507 days, following the government’s announcement to subdivide and sell the land (which it wrongly claimed was its own).Read more John A. LeeRobin Morrison photographed the writer and influential Labour politician John A. Lee for the Listener in 1981. Lee had grown up in 1890s Dunedin and drew on his impoverished beginnings for his 1934 novel Children of the Poor.Read more Springbok tour protest at Eden ParkThroughout 1981, plans by the New Zealand Rugby Union to host a rugby tour from apartheid South Africa faced growing public opposition (New Zealand prime minister. Despite calls for the tour to be scrapped, the all-white Springbok team arrived in July. The anti-apartheid demonstrators responded by mobilising a mass protest movement to disrupt the tour.Read more A day at the racesHistorian Michael King said that Robin Morrison helped us to see the things we needed to see: “The rhythms in our landscape, the things that made us knowing and tolerant and affectionate about our country and our compatriots; and he helped us see a great distance.Read more Buy your Robin Morrison print now! An exclusive selection of archival quality prints from The Robin Morrison Collection is available for purchase. Auckland Museum has partnered with Gallery Prints to give you the opportunity to own a work from one of New Zealand’s preeminent photographers. Buy now at Gallery Prints or from the Gallery Prints kiosk in the Museum Shop. From $59.00.