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  • Our heart on our sleeves

    Teu le Vā (the Pacific Dimension) and He Korahi Māori (the Māori Dimension) are written into the Museum’s mission. Read about how the Wardrobe Project has reimagined staff uniforms to weave those dimensions into the very fabric of the clothes our staff wear.

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  • One seabird split in two

    Research that began sixteen years ago has, at long last, determined what Matt Rayner (Curator, Land Vertebrates) suspected all along - they may look alike, they may sound alike, but Pterodroma cookii cookii and P. c. orientalis are not the same bird.

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  • Pandora Fulimalo Pereira

    For Tokelau Language Week, Curator Pacific Fuli Pereira reflects on some lessons she’s learned, how change is made, and what she hopes to see happen next.

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  • Niue in Pictures

    For Niue Language Week, our Documentary Heritage team takes a closer look at the photographic collection of Harry Coleman, who was based in Niue from the 1950s to the 1980s.

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  • Newest Trick in the Book

    Learn about how an Auckland Museum team worked with a conservator from the other side of the world to design a tool for handling rare books - the first of its kind in the Southern Hemisphere.

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  • William Mariner

    In celebration of Uike Kātoanga‘i ‘o e Lea Faka-Tonga - Tongan Language Week 2020, we highlight our first edition copy of a well known memoir by William Mariner, recounting his time in Tonga during the years 1806-1810.

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  • Masiratu

    For Fiji Language Week, Yumiko Baba (Associate Curator, Botany) takes a closer look at the masiratu, an iconic plant in Fiji that features on everything from stamps to bank notes.

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  • Flora Vitiensis

    Floras are an exhaustive listing and descriptions of plants with a geographical focus. To celebrate Fiji Language Week, Yumiko Baba (Associate Curator, Botany) and Paula Legel (Associate Curator, Heritage Publications) examine an exquisitely illustrated 19th century flora.

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  • Taste of Tuvalu

    For Tuvalu Language Week – Te vaiaso o te ‘Gana Tuvalu’ – we are focusing on books held in our Documentary Heritage collection that discuss food plants of Tuvalu.

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  • Worth a thousand words

    Photographer Richard Ng reflects on the work involved in photographing a huge collection, and the importance of getting each image absolutely right.

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