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  • Bill Sevesi and His Islanders at The Orange Ballroom

    Wednesday 27 May 2020

    The Orange Coronation Ballroom on Newton Road in Auckland, also known as The Orange Ballroom or The Orange, was Pacific music central in Auckland from 1954 to the mid-1970s. Bill Sevesi and his Islanders played night after night to audiences who thronged the dance floor. Read more about this period in New Zealand's music history here.

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  • Samoa’s Little Dodo Bird

    Tuesday 26 May 2020

    The Manumea is the national bird of Samoa and is found nowhere else in the world. A species of ground pigeon, the Manumea has a large head and hooked beak. One of the closest living relatives of the extinct dodo, the scientific name for the species (Didunculus strigirostris) means little dodo.

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  • Changing Waiheke

    Monday 25 May 2020

    A look at Waiheke Island’s history as one of Auckland City’s favourite island getaway locations.

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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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  • Creativity in Momentous Times

    Wednesday 6 May 2020

    Whether a professional artist or crafty amateur, times of uncertainty and change can encourage us to get creative. Here are some objects in our collection that have been created during moments of significance, big andor small, and their stories.

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  • Excavating Otata

    Excavating Otata Island: A Midden Revealed

    In March 2020, Auckland Museum archaeologists carried out a small excavation in a large coastal midden on Otata Island in the Hauraki Gulf, Tikapa Moana.

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  • Tools of Tātau and the Marks of a Leader

    Tools of Tātau and the Marks of a Leader

    A closer look at Taonga and specimens from across the Auckland Museum collection that feature in the Voyage to Aotearoa: Tupaia and the Endeavour exhibition - specifically Tahitian tātau (tattoo) tools - the uhi (chisel) and tā (beater).

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  • Identifying Belwood: Searching for Sitters

    Identifying Belwood: Searching for Sitters

    Did you ever wonder what might have happened to the family photos you were made to pose for when you were a child? Did you ever suspect they could wind up in a museum?

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  • Trade Beads and Nails

    Wednesday, 19 February 2020

    An examination of the surprising and illuminating tools of trade and exchange highlighted in the Voyage to Aotearoa: Tupaia and the Endeavour exhibition.

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