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  • The Impossible Newspaper

    This year for UNESCO World Book Day, Cataloguing Librarian Nina Whittaker highlights an extraordinary ANZAC story of courage, and the fight to print a newspaper against impossible odds.

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  • Standing Corrected:
    Additions and Corrections to the Museum’s Memorial Halls

    In this blog, we look at the Museum’s spaces of remembrance and speak to Collection Manager (Online Cenotaph) Victoria Passau about our ongoing dedication to commemoration.

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  • Safe Keeping:
    Caring for lei in the Museum

    To mark this year's Pasifika Festival, Ruby Satele (Collection Manager, Pacific) details the delicate work that goes into caring for lei to ensure they, and the stories they tell, survive the test of time.

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  • Coal-hearted

    The Brunner Mine Disaster of 1896 remains New Zealand's worst worksite incident. Gail Romano, Associate Curator History and Wilma Blom, Curator Marine Invertebrates re-tell the stories of some of our country's worst mining tragedies and interrogate the social and economic repercussions of coal mining.

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  • One year of
    collecting Covid

    A year on from the first day of Aotearoa's first lockdown, Curator Manuscripts Nina Finigan and Curator History Lucy Mackintosh reflect on how they curated Covid for Auckland Museum.

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  • More National Treasures at Auckland Museum

    TVNZ's new show National Treasures aims to discover the precious objects of national significance that people have in their own homes. Each week, we'll share other unseen-on-air objects from our collections that expand on the taonga explored in the show.

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  • A Khaki Valentine

    Even at the height of the war in South Africa with no access to romantic stationery, enterprising young soldiers made do. Associate Curator (History) Gail Romano examines a heartfelt note written on a torn piece of uniform.

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  • Hey, hei tiki

    Although instantly recognisable even to non-Māori, popular knowledge barely scratches the surface of the deep significance of hei tiki. Tāmaki Herenga Waka: Stories of Auckland Project Curator Tharron Bloomfield shines a light on just some of the hei tiki in the Museum's collection.

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  • What's Gnu
    at Auckland Museum

    In this blog, Museum Conservator Valerie Tomlinson details the work involved in getting two enormous beasts ready for their close-ups.

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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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