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  • When is a tooth not a tooth?

    BY HUGH GRENFELL
    Wed, 13 Jul 2016

    Geologist Hugh Grenfell noticed something strange about the "Hooker's sea lion tooth" brooch currently on display in Kōrero Mai, Kōrero Atu.

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  • Handle with care

    BY JANE GROUFSKY
    Thu, 24 Mar 2016

    Some objects were too fragile for the Excess Baggage display, and others have stories hidden inside.

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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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  • 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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