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  • Life on a battlecruiser

    Thursday, 16 May 2013

    In 1913 the battlecruiser HMS New Zealand took a world cruise through the then-British Empire. On board was a very special passenger, the British Bulldog Pelorus Jack, the ship’s mascot. What was life on board HMS New Zealand like? How does this compare to life on board a battleship today?

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  • Dead and alive: Cook’s petrels at Auckland Museum

    by Jason Froggatt - Sunday, 21 April 2013

    Within the last fortnight Auckland Museum has received three wayward Cook’s petrels. One unfortunate bird was found dead in a backyard in Devonport and was donated to the museum’s research collection. But two others have been found, alive and well, near the museum’s building needing the help of staff to get back on course.

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  • A riot of WearableArt

    by Siren Deluxe - Friday, 8 March 2013

    Collection manager Siren Deluxe has been entranced with the WOW awards since the first show in 80s. She has modelled and performed at three shows – once romping down the runway in a vampire-cum-dominatrix outfit, with a pack of dogs. She looks back at the awards, and pays homage to the dame who created this riot of culture.

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  • International day of solidarity: Bosnia-Herzegovina cultural institutions close

    by Phillipa Tocker - Monday, 4 March 2013

    To support institutions in Bosnia-Herzegovina, museums all over the world are putting yellow tape across key exhibits, effectively ‘closing’ them in solidarity with the closed museums in Bosnia-Herzegovina, and bringing this to the attention of the visiting public.

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  • Rising from the ruins

    by Roy Clare - Friday, 22 February 2013

    Today, 22 February, our country recalls the magnitude 6.3 earthquake in Christchurch that killed 185 people and injured several thousand two years ago. The earthquake occurred more than five months after the first in September 2010, but it is considered to be an aftershock. The pair of quakes are among the most significant natural disasters in New Zealand history.

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  • Potato prints and wild places: a fashion odyssey

    by Finn McCahon-Jones and Susan Holmes - Wednesday, 20 February 2013

    Auckland Museum’s Associate Curator Applied Arts & Design, Finn McCahon-Jones and fabric artist Susan Holmes met recently to discuss her garments on display at the Museum during the Off The Wall: WearableArt Up Close exhibition.

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  • Returning to Ahuahu Great Mercury Island

    by Louise Furey - Monday, 11 February 2013

    Archaeologist Louise Furey writes about the satisfaction of removing layers of soil to uncover postholes, fireplaces and stone flakes from where people hundreds of years ago decided to set up camp.

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  • Voyages and versions: remembering the Orpheus 150 years on

    by Roy Clare - Friday, 8 February 2013

    Standing on Whatipu Beach yesterday with colleagues from our museum and more than a hundred others, it seemed to me that CS Lewis had it about right. Commemorating the heart-rending loss of life on Manukau Bar 150 years ago, we were reminded of the many perspectives that surround daily life.

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