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2019

  • 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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  • Value of External Supporters

    Head of Collection Care Vasiti Palavi describes what a gift like the one the 21st Battalion donated to the Museum means for the collection, and what a massive undertaking it is to make it accessible to audiences.

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  • Let's Get Reo

    Nina Whittaker (Cataloguing Librarian) and Geraldine Warren (Māori Resources & Mātauranga Advisor), in conversation with Leone Samu and Te Whai Mātauranga Smith about how the exclusivity of English-language cataloguing is excluding Reo speakers.

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  • Naming rights

    To mark Te Wiki o te reo Māori, Assistant Curator of Entomology Leilani Walker (Whakatōhea) reflects on the history and future of using te reo in the scientific names.

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