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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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  • Guest blog: Young ocean explorers

    by Riley Hathaway
    Mon, 23 Feb 2015

    Young Ocean Explorer Riley Hathaway is in the Kermadecs with her Dad, underwater cameraman Steve Hathaway. They're hoping to encounter Galapagos sharks and black spotted grouper and create a couple of exciting new episodes. Follow their journey.

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  • The remains of an ancient butchery revealed

    by Louise Furey
    Mon, 16 Feb 2015

    The archaeologists on Great Mercury Island have uncovered what they suspect is a butchery area. The animal bones and artefacts they've unearthed provide an intriguing glimpse on an ancient diet.

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  • Uncovering fire scoops at Coralie Bay

    by Louise Furey
    Fri, 13 Feb 2015

    After a day off mid-excavation, everyone was refreshed and ready to continue. At site EA64, to the south of the stream in Coralie Bay, we continue to expand the excavation area and dig down through the layers.

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  • Seabirds on Pokohinu: The ecosystem engineers

    by Matt Rayner
    Tue 11 Nov 2014

    Curator of Land Vertebrates Dr Matt Rayner joined a research expedition to Pokohinu/Burgess Island. He explains the importance of seabirds in the island's wildlife recovery, and how historic specimens can help us learn about changes in the ecosystem over the last century.

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  • #AskACurator Day

    Wednesday, 17 September 2014

    Today is 'Ask A Curator Day'. Send us your questions about Auckland Museum, our collection, the history of our building, or anything else museum-related you'd like answered.

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  • The Maungapōhatu flag

    Friday, 22 August 2014

    The Maungapōhatu flag has been returned to Tūhoe as part of the Tūhoe-Crown Settlement. Auckland Museum, and the Taumata-ā-Iwi, supported its return, and are pleased to have played a part in the reconciliation.

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  • Researching the biology of great white sharks

    Thursday, 21 August 2014

    A great white shark dissection took place at Auckland Museum led by Head of Natural Sciences Tom Trnski and Department of Conservation Technical Advisor Marine Clinton Duffy.

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  • The art of Kura Te Waru Rewiri

    by Nigel Borell - Friday, 13 June 2014

    Associate Curator Māori Nigel Borell reflects on the career of Kura Te Waru Rewiri, one of five contemporary artists featured in the Five Māori Painters exhibition at Auckland Art Gallery Toi o Tāmaki.

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