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A rugby legacy: The Originals and the Invincibles

It's no secret that rugby has loomed large in New Zealand's national imagination for over a century. In 1924 the NZ Truth newspaper extolled the way the sport commanded the country's interest: "Rugby suits the athletic genius of New Zealand".

The battle for Chunuk Bair

The second phase of the Allied offensive at Chunuk Bair was to have achieved its major objective - capturing the three key high points of Chunuk Bair, Hill Q and Hill 971 (Koja Chemen Tepe) - by dawn on 7 August.

Meet the objects: The daily life of a soldier

The daily life of a New Zealand soldier during the First World War is a story of hardship, danger and death, fuelled by a path of duty and self-sacrifice. Taking a look at the objects that soldiers handled on a daily basis provides an insight into their experience.

The Huia

​In a country known globally for its unique bird diversity and the tragic loss of its birdlife following human arrival, no species resonates more in the stories of the formation of our nation than the huia.​

Print and pattern in New Zealand textiles

New Zealand's textile designs provide a fascinating window on our social history. Most were used in practical and fashionable items that have long since been discarded. Fortunately the Museum holds a small historical collection and a growing number of contemporary works.

Influenza Pandemic 1918

In 1918, during World War I, the worldwide influenza pandemic reached New Zealand. In just two months, the disease killed thousands of New Zealanders, despite the remarkable efforts of countless women volunteers.

Hillary and Norgay first to climb Mount Everest

An ice axe, a diary, a journalist's writing, and a small piece of Mount Everest in a locket, all help us to understand the remarkable feat that led to an enduring relationship between Edmund Hillary and the Sherpa people of Nepal.

Wedding dresses: The colour and texture of love

Colour, textile and style can have strong cultural significance in the dresses worn by brides at weddings around the world. Like many traditions however, these features have been known to change.

Empire calling: First World War recruitment posters

At the start of WWI, recruitment posters were used to encourage people of the British Empire to volunteer for war service. As the war progressed, these posters evolved into more emotive communications.