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Te Wiki o Te Reo Māori translation project 2020

Victoria Passau & James Taylor
Collection Information and Access team

Auckland Museum Tāmaki Paenga Hira seeks to be a kaiāwhina (advocate) in the revitalisation and retention of te reo Māori. As a step toward this, we have recently translated our Collections Online and Online Cenotaph user interfaces into te reo Māori.

The Zero: Two men and a plane

Gail Romano, Associate Curator History

On 15 September 1945 the Mitsubishi A6M3 Zero landed at Piva airfield in Bougainville. This aircraft is now on display on Level 2. Learn about how two men of different nationalities who were each instrumental in the Zero’s acquisition.

Herbert Dobbie

By Paula Legel

The fern enthusiast and nature printer Herbert Dobbie pioneered the cyanotype photographic process, wherein dried ferns are placed on glass with sensitised paper beneath and exposed to light.

Photographing Glass

By Jennifer Carol
Collections Photographer, Collection Information and Access

Photographing a diverse range of studio glass objects posed many challenges, not least how to capture the layers of molten glass fabric, blown and hot-styled into a myriad of highly reflective and often colourful forms.

Victorian Botanical Nature Printing

By Paula Legel
Associate Curator, Heritage Publications

The Museum is fortunate to hold two botanical titles featuring nature printing, an unusual process popularized in England in the mid-nineteenth century by a young printer by the name of Henry Bradbury.

Names in Stone

The museum approached sculptor Denis O’Connor, and gave him a simple brief: to design a cartouche which featured the list of 110 donors.

William Sanders, New Zealand's only naval VC

Takapuna boy Lieutenant-Commander William Sanders is New Zealand's only naval recipient of the Victoria Cross, the highest British award bestowed for valour. On the centenary of his death, Associate History Curator Gail Romano reflects upon the local Auckland recognition of his actions.

Castle Collection Decant

The music collection from Wellington based siblings Zillah and Ronald Castle was collected over 50 years from the 1930’s, with many having both local and international significance from their unusual nature. Their collection comprises of 520 instruments; cases, sheet music and musical accessories.

"Wunderpus O Sea", Octavia Cook

Who owns an idea? When does a conventional form become a unique and distinctive design? Auckland Museum recently acquired a brooch by contemporary jeweller Octavia Cook which explores these concepts, and responds to a particular situation in which she found herself in last year.

Front-page news: A mystery hui

A poster in te reo at the Auckland Museum library needed researching. What was the mystery event at Waihi Marae, Taupo on 18 April 1959?​

New Zealanders in Russia during the Revolution

At the time of the revolution Nursing Sister Ethel M. Strachan, and her friend and colleague Sister Sybil Kelly, were among the staff of the Anglo-Russian Hospital in Petrograd (St Petersburg), Russia.

Tonny Brinkman: Sand Collector

Sand collector Tonny Brinkman has generously donated 3500 sands to Auckland Museum - and her decades of collecting show that you can explore the world without going far from home.