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  • Releasing Koha the turtle at Raoul Island

    by the Kermadec expedition team
    Sun, 23 Oct 2016

    A special voyager has been onboard the RV Tanagroa – Koha the hawksbill turtle, who's been waiting patiently for our arrival at Raoul Island. Today was Koha's big day.

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  • Easing into the Kermadec Ridge expedition

    by Kermadec expedition team
    Sat, 22 Oct 2016

    While the RV Tanagroa steams towards Raoul Island, the scientists prepare their laboratory spaces and Koha the rehabilitated turtle is taking things easy. Follow our new blog series for the latest news from the Kermadec Expedition.

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  • Enriching our Online Collections - Managing image rights for digital surrogates

    by Sarah Powell
    Sat, 22 Oct 2016

    We recently developed a Copyright Framework built around the OpenGLAM philosophy and Creative Commons licensing. Sarah Powell explains how we're using these tools to open up digital content where possible for reuse.

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  • The challenge of photographing the miniature

    By Dave Sanderson
    Thu, 22 Sep 2016

    Open collections demand high-quality collections photography. But how do you reach this level of quality when the objects you're capturing are as small as 5mm? Dave Sanderson explains how our Collection Imaging team does it.

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  • Working together to look after our oceans

    By Sam McNamara
    Wed, 8 Jun 2016

    On World Oceans Day, young fisherman and budding marine biologist Sam McNamara, age 8, blogs about the effects of pollution and what we can do to stop it.

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  • Photo essay: In praise of parasites

    THU, 5 APR 2016

    A small wasp stalks the destructive stink bug in this photo essay by Wilma Blom - possibly the first time that its parasitizing behaviour has been observed and documented in this country.

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  • On ownership and returning

    By Shanti Mathias
    Wed, 23 Mar 2016

    Urbanlife participant Shanti Mathias shares her insights and perspective on the ownership and accessibility of taonga.

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  • Urbanlife: Nurturing future GLAM stars

    By Charlotte Hawkins
    Wed, 16 Mar 2016

    Urbanlife participant Charlotte Hawkins shares her Urbanlife experience and how it has helped shape her career direction.

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  • VOU Dance Company ignite Fiji collections

    by Bethany Edmunds
    Sat, 14 Mar 2015

    Dance and the spoken word are powerful forms of cultural expression and memory and have a rich heritage in the Pacific. To celebrate Fijian Language Week 2014, we invited Suva-based dance company ‘VOU’ to bring sound and dance into the Museum. They spent four days with us, and members of the local Fiji community, to study and interpret themes sparked by the Fiji Collections. The result was an incredible dance performance.

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  • Delicate Chinese porcelain survives bombs and earthquakes

    by Kirsten MacFarlane
    Thu, 26 Feb 2015

    Decades after a prized collection of Chinese porcelain was left a heap of shards after bombing raids in London, it was rattled again by two major earthquakes in Christchurch. Auckland Museum’s principal conservator Sue Cooper and contract conservator Liz Yuda have spent the past four years preserving the collection while allowing it’s shaky past to shine through.

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