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  • Urbanlife 2014: youth voices in Auckland Museum

    by Bethany Edmunds - Monday, 12 May 2014

    For the month of February 2014 a group of five young women were chosen to participate in Auckland Museum’s Urbanlife Summer Youth Programme. The group immersed themselves in the Museum’s rich history, its collection stories, and spent time with collections and research staff to understand the work that Museum staff do.

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  • Robin Morrison’s work through contemporary eyes

    by Bethany Edmunds and Olivia Willock - Monday, 14 April 2014

    As part of our exhibition A Decade of Days – Auckland through Robin Morrison’s eyes, we collaborated with Manukau Institute of Technology, Fresh Gallery Otara, the public and invited experts to explore people, places and themes represented by photographs within the exhibition.

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  • Fijian breastplates inspire contemporary artist

    by Kolokesa Mahina-Tuai - Monday, 24 March 2014

    A series of paper abstractions of Fijian civavonovono at Otara's Fresh Gallery caught the attention of Kolokesa Māhina-Tuai, Associate Curator Pacific. Kolokesa caught up with the artist who created them to discuss how the series came to life.

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  • Archaeological ‘dig’ in Pacific Ethnology collection reveals new connections

    by James Flexner - Friday, 14 March 2014

    Australian postdoctoral fellow James Flexner is on a global quest to tell the story of life in the colonial New Hebrides, and recently spent time examining the Museum’s ethnographic collections.

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  • Te Awe – a window into our taonga Māori collection

    Tuesday, 10 December 2013

    Letting people see inside our Museum stores and giving others a chance to connect with and gain a better understanding of our taonga collections is all part of the thinking behind our new space Te Awe.

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  • My favourite building

    by Roy Clare - Friday, 11 October 2013

    Images of the beautifully-lit exterior of Auckland’s museum have featured online and in traditional media outlets in recent months. For a select number of significant global, national or community events each year we offer up something special – to reflect the interests of Aucklanders.

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  • Museum’s marine team called to two rare finds

    Saturday, 18 May 2013

    Curators and collections staff from our natural sciences team were kept busy this week with two very rare finds for New Zealand waters.

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  • Life on a battlecruiser

    Thursday, 16 May 2013

    In 1913 the battlecruiser HMS New Zealand took a world cruise through the then-British Empire. On board was a very special passenger, the British Bulldog Pelorus Jack, the ship’s mascot. What was life on board HMS New Zealand like? How does this compare to life on board a battleship today?

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  • Dead and alive: Cook’s petrels at Auckland Museum

    by Jason Froggatt - Sunday, 21 April 2013

    Within the last fortnight Auckland Museum has received three wayward Cook’s petrels. One unfortunate bird was found dead in a backyard in Devonport and was donated to the museum’s research collection. But two others have been found, alive and well, near the museum’s building needing the help of staff to get back on course.

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  • International day of solidarity: Bosnia-Herzegovina cultural institutions close

    by Phillipa Tocker - Monday, 4 March 2013

    To support institutions in Bosnia-Herzegovina, museums all over the world are putting yellow tape across key exhibits, effectively ‘closing’ them in solidarity with the closed museums in Bosnia-Herzegovina, and bringing this to the attention of the visiting public.

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