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Enriching Aotearoa with the Tongan Spirit

With more Tongan people currently born in New Zealand than in Tonga, Aotearoa has a special role in celebrating Tongan language and culture.

Service in the skies

Eating and drinking on board has been an important part of the flying experience ever since the first passenger spent more than a couple of hours in the air.

The mystery of the dragon-tree

The recent popularity of dragon-trees has meant the tree is a common sight in Auckland suburban gardens. Strangely, the trees planted in the last 20 years look very different to those planted in the city a century earlier.

Documenting the new Auckland International Airport

​Auckland Anniversary weekend marked the 50th anniversary of the opening of Auckland Airport. In the early 1960s, Māngere photographer Trevor Penman documented the transformation - from an aerodrome to an international gateway.

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. ​

Spring flowers in Auckland Domain

Find out about a few plants very close to Auckland Museum, and learn about the language botanists use to describe introduced species.

Quilts

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.

Ancient Worlds: The creativity of great civilisations

The Museum's collection of items from great civilisations and earlier cultures illustrates the practical similarities and artistic differences in human creativity.

Castle Collection of musical instruments

The late Zillah and Ronald Castle collected around 500 musical instruments, many of international significance. Their world-renowned collection is now held by Auckland Museum.

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.

The King chest of drawers and the early NZ missionaries

John and Hannah King were one of three artisan missionary couples who came to New Zealand with Rev Samuel Marsden to set up a mission in 1814. The Kings' belongings included a chest of drawers, now part of the Museum collection.

A korao no New Zealand

A korao no New Zealand was the first book printed in te reo Māori. It was written by Thomas Kendall, who learned te reo from Tuai of Ngāre Raumati.