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2021

  • 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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  • Sea change

    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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  • The 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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  • An Englishman in Vava‘u

    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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  • 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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  • Examining Fiji's 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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  • A 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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  • The 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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