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  • Adding the local story to Entangled Islands

    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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  • Sāmoa and the Dragon's long tail

    by Ashalyna Noa - Monday, 11 August 2014

    Since their arrival in Sāmoa, the Chinese have played an integral role in the fabric of Sāmoan society. Ashalyna Noa reveals how the Chinese have made significant contributions to the economic development and culture of Samoa.

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  • Mapping the conservation of a chart

    by Julie Senior - Thursday, 24 July 2014

    How do you assess ancient maps or charts, without risking further deterioration? How much restoration is too much? Auckland Museum’s map librarian Julie Senior faced a huge challenge preparing a 125-year-old chart for display in the Entangled Islands exhibition.

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  • The Stünzner family of Sāmoa

    by Tony Brunt - Wednesday, 9 July 2014

    To complement our 'Entangled Islands' exhibition we begin a series of articles which explore the personal stories of those involved in New Zealand's first action in WWI, the occupation of German Sāmoa. The series opens with an interview with Sāmoan-born Albrecht Stünzner of Auckland, grandson of Friedrich Stünzner who first travelled to Western Sāmoa in 1896.

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  • Entangled Islands: a pathway to a new understanding of WWI

    by Damon Salesa - Wednesday, 18 June 2014

    The exhibition 'Entangled Islands: Sāmoa, New Zealand and the First World War' is the first of the centennial exhibitions commemorating the First World War at Auckland Museum, and the first to concentrate on this shared Sāmoan and New Zealand history. Consultant historian Damon Salesa helped shape the exhibition, and here in his opening night speech he sets the scene on this little-known part of our shared history.

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  • Capturing conflict: Robin Morrison

    by Andrea Stevens - Sunday, 11 May 2014

    Protest photography was one of the themes during our exhibition A Decade of Days – Auckland through Robin Morrison’s eyes. Sharon Hawke and Jos Wheeler, all too familiar with conflict beyond the lens, reflect on Morrison’s images from Bastion Point and the Springbok Tour of 1981.

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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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  • Factory of ideas and experiments

    Friday, 13 December 2013

    The V&A’s Selling Dreams exhibition chronicles 100 years of fashion photography—and with it all the glamour, mystery and drama. Auckland Museum talks to WORLD founder Denise L’Estrange-Corbet about the label’s own Eureka moment in the 90s, selling their dream and channelling a vortex of creativity onto the runway.

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  • Museum moa ready for his close-up

    by Kirsten MacFarlane - Wednesday, 27 November 2013

    Summer is the season for … giant moa. Or at least it is at Auckland Museum. In preparation for our family holiday programme ‘The Moa and the Mummy’ we’ve been carrying out a photo shoot that brought us unusually close to our towering moa.

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  • Modelling a mako (and a great white, bronze whaler and a thresher)

    Saturday, 6 July 2013

    Go behind the scenes of our upcoming marine exhibition Moana – My Ocean to see our life size sharks being created in a Miramar workshop.

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