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  • Preparing to go on show

    BY Megan Harvey
    FRI, 16 Oct 2015

    Museum objects are chosen to help tell the story in an exhibition, but sometimes they aren't suitable to be put on public display. During the development of Tāku Tāmaki - Auckland Stories, there was a parade of collection objects being assessed and repaired in the Museum's conservation lab.

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  • A new home for Entangled Islands

    BY TANYA WILKINSON
    Wed, 5 Aug 2015

    ​Although many visitors have popped into the exhibition as we have been setting up, Entangled Islands officially opened at the Museum of Sāmoa on Monday evening. ​

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  • Adding the local story to Entangled Islands

    BY TANYA WILKINSON
    THU, 30 JUL 2015

    Our week started with some fine tuning of the exhibition layout. Once we were happy with where everything was located, Grant started fixing the wall panels with the help of our great (and strong!) team Maleko and Ropati.

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  • How to play tītītōrea

    by Mattie Hamuera
    Mon, 27 Jul 2015

    For Te Wiki o Te Reo Māori, we've pulled out Ngā Tākaro (traditional Māori games). Stick games such as tītītorea (short sticks) are a fun way to practice waiata and instructions in Te Reo.

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  • Entangled Islands arrives in Sāmoa

    BY TANYA WILKINSON
    FRI, 24 Jul 2015

    For New Zealand and Sāmoa the First World War began in August 1914, when a NZ defence force party landed in Apia and claimed the islands from Germany. Just over a century later, a shipping container and two Auckland Museum staff arrived in Apia – this time to work with the Museum of Sāmoa to tell the stories of this ‘entangled’ relationship.

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  • Playing with clay: Takeshi Yasuda

    By Andrea Stevens
    Fri, 26 Jun 2015

    Renowned international potter Takeshi Yasuda has been making ceramics for more than 50 years. Now based in the 'porcelain capital' of the world Jingdezhen, China, the artist maintains a global practice with regular demonstrations and exhibitions abroad.​

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  • Caring for a collection: everyday objects from Te Awe

    by Awhina Rawiri-Erick and Jenna Dudley
    Wed, 20 May 2015

    Te Awe is a project work space on the ground floor of the Museum just around the corner from our He Taonga Māori gallery. Through the glass doors, you can watch as staff work to care for the collections through conservation, documentation, photography and digitisation.

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  • Did the kiwi ever fly?

    by Matt Rayner
    Wed, 20 May 2015

    Anthony from Room 5 at Halsey Drive Primary School wanted to know did the kiwi's ancestor fly. Matt Rayner, Curator Land Vertebrates, explains the evolutionary history of our national bird.

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  • Why the starfish is star-shaped

    by Wilma Blom
    Tue, 12 May 2015

    Room 5 at Halsey Drive Primary School wanted to know why starfish are star-shaped and what a mussel's foot does for the mussel. Wilma Blom, Curator Marine Invertebrates, suggests some answers.

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  • The language of Chinese embroidery

    by Andrea Stevens
    Mon, 7 Apr 2015

    A gold embroidered Manchu-style jacket was one of the remarkable ‘hidden objects’ we displayed during Chinese New Year celebrations this year. To learn more about the garments and the art of Chinese embroidery, we invited two experts from the Confucius Institute in Auckland to discuss the figurative and poetic symbols sewn in silk and gold.

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