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  • One island, one book, many stories

    Tuesday 19 May, 2020

    2020 marked the first year that Gasav Ne Fäeag Rotuạm – Rotuman Language Week, officially joins the Ministry for Pacific Peoples’ Pacific Language Week celebrations. In this blog we look at Tales of a Lonely Island (1939), an early twentieth century collection of Rotuman legends.

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  • The mystery of Manawatāwhi mollymawks

    Thursday 7 May 2020

    Albatrosses breed on remote oceanic islands, as far from humans as possible. Despite this isolation, most breeding sites are known, and many are monitored to track the birds’ numbers, making it unusual that a new albatross population should be discovered and remain unstudied...

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  • Saving Auckland's Spotted Shag

    Wednesday, 11 September 2019

    When Auckland Museum’s resident taxidermist, Mr Louis Griffin, collected (by shooting) spotted shags in the Hauraki Gulf in 1914 for a diorama at Auckland Museum he could not have known that by doing so he would indirectly contribute to the conservation of the same species more than 100 years later... Find out more in this blog.

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  • Mysteries of the long-tailed cuckoo

    Tuesday, 28 May 2019

    Dissecting and investigating the innards of the long-tailed cuckoo, a mysterious New Zealand native bird, has lead to some surprising finds, Associate Emeritus Dr Brian Gill has discovered.

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  • Bird Rescue

    Thursday, 23 August 2018

    A borer-infested Victorian cabinet filled with seventy two birds that were in dire need of attention, presented quite a challenge for Conservator, Felicity Bolton.

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  • Cabinet of avian curiosities

    Tuesday, 3 July 2018

    In this piece, our applied arts curator, Grace Lai conducted some detective work to enrich our knowledge around an exquisite piece of Victorian taxidermy that was acquired in 2006.

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  • The life and times of a sketch biologist

    Wednesday, 18 October 2017

    Auckland Museum is currently hosting sketch biologist & digital storytelling fellow, Abby McBride who will be traveling around the country writing and illustrating stories about New Zealanders’ extraordinary efforts to save “the seabird capital of the world."

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  • Cunning as a fox?

    Tuesday, 17 October 2017

    New Zealand successfully dodged the introduction of the red fox after a pair were brought onto our shores in 1864 though we are still feeling the impact of several ill conceived introductions, writes Land Vertebrates Curator Matt Rayner.

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  • Scientific success in the Southwest Pacific

    Thursday, 28 September 2017

    The Southwest Pacific marine expedition has come to an end but the different teams who took part have all returned with valuable scientific insights and vital additions for their marine reference collections.

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  • Expedition ending on a high in the Kermadecs

    BY TOM TRNSKI
    Friday, 15 September 2017

    The team has just finished the final leg of the Southwest Pacific Expedition around the Kermadec islands which has offered up one more new find.

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