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The Auckland Museum frieze: Scenes of war

The frieze wrapping around the exterior of the Auckland War Memorial Museum building skilfully blends ancient with modern to bring the timelessness and grandeur of Ancient Greece together with the story of New Zealanders in WWI and WWII. ​

George Bourne and the flying machines

​Aerial photography is almost as old as the aeroplane itself. Weekly News photographer George Bourne was one of the early adopters of the genre, flying with his friends, Leo and Vivian Walsh.

A living memorial

Almost a third of the 18,166 New Zealanders who died as a result of the First World War have no known graves; buried half a world away from their grieving families. Auckland War Memorial Museum was built by a community that needed a place to remember those who died.

The objects of colonial Auckland

The objects of colonial Auckland tell the stories of a very different city - one with horse-drawn carriages, gun stores, and trades that have been superseded by modern technology.

The Battle of Passchendaele

Find out why this major World War One battle took place and how it led to two of New Zealand's greatest tragedies amid dreadful conditions.

Zambesi: Edge of darkness

Fashion house Zambesi is rightly considered an iconic New Zealand label. Elisabeth Findlay's designs contain an enormous and continual capacity to surprise and to achieve a level of emotional resonance that is rare in contemporary fashion.

The Gazette Extraordinary

​In the early 1840s, the government relied on the newly established newspaper industry to notify colonists of government business. When the same newspapers published material that was critical of the Colonial Administration, the Lieutenant Governor William Hobson started a new publication, the Gazette Extraordinary.


Brought to New Zealand by early settlers, the technique of quilting remains popular here today. The Auckland Museum collection includes around 50 quilts, from traditional European and American bed quilts to Pacific Tivaevae.

Heritage Auckland newspapers

Many know of the Auckland newspapers The New Zealand Herald and the Auckland Star. But were you aware that at least 16 other newspapers were published in Auckland between 1841 and 1880?​​