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  • Embroidered map tracks Cook’s voyage and shows early attempts at Te Reo

    by Vivien Caughley and Tessa Smallwood
    Friday, 5 December 2014

    While researching her new book, Vivien Caughley discovered a remarkable embroidered sampler held in a private collection in the United States. We investigate what a sampler is and how this one came to be part of the Auckland Museum collection.

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  • Caring for a collection: The Te Awe team

    by Awhina Rawiri-Erick
    Mon 24 Nov 2014

    Nau mai, piki mai, welcome to Te Awe. We are just over a year into this special three-year project, and have worked with over 3,000 taonga (treasures) to date from the Māori collection store. Awhina Rawiri-Erick introduces our specialist team and describes some of the processes in caring for taonga.

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  • Seabirds on Pokohinu: The ecosystem engineers

    by Matt Rayner
    Tue 11 Nov 2014

    Curator of Land Vertebrates Dr Matt Rayner joined a research expedition to Pokohinu/Burgess Island. He explains the importance of seabirds in the island's wildlife recovery, and how historic specimens can help us learn about changes in the ecosystem over the last century.

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  • Loyal friend to the end

    Monday, 29 September 2014

    Sir Ernest Shackleton took 69 dogs on the Endurance Expedition of 1914-1917 to Antarctica. One of the few dogs to return from that journey, Oscar, lived the rest of his days at Wellington Zoo. See Oscar’s harness and memories of the courage and sacrifice of these unsung heroes in our exhibition Still Life: inside the Antarctic huts of Scott and Shackleton.

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  • #AskACurator Day

    Wednesday, 17 September 2014

    Today is 'Ask A Curator Day'. Send us your questions about Auckland Museum, our collection, the history of our building, or anything else museum-related you'd like answered.

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  • Sitting at Scott’s table – a journey to Antarctica

    by Victoria Travers - Friday, 12 September 2014

    Sitting in Scott’s chair and pondering the meaning of century-old graffiti in Shackleton’s hut are two enduring memories of an once-in-a-lifetime trip to Antarctica for Senior Exhibition Developer Victoria Travers. Although her journey took place 15 years ago she vividly remembers the experience including her discovery that all the Antarctic clichés about its beauty and vastness had not been overstated.

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  • One journey never taken by Captain Scott

    by Wilma Blom - Wednesday, 27 August 2014

    It is the smallest of collection items, yet this scrap of paper is a profound reminder of the transitory nature of our lives. For years this unclipped rail ticket was overlooked in the vast collection of ephemera at Auckland Museum until its re-discovery by curator Wilma Blom.

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  • The Maungapōhatu flag

    Friday, 22 August 2014

    The Maungapōhatu flag has been returned to Tūhoe as part of the Tūhoe-Crown Settlement. Auckland Museum, and the Taumata-ā-Iwi, supported its return, and are pleased to have played a part in the reconciliation.

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  • Researching the biology of great white sharks

    Thursday, 21 August 2014

    A great white shark dissection took place at Auckland Museum led by Head of Natural Sciences Tom Trnski and Department of Conservation Technical Advisor Marine Clinton Duffy.

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  • Sāmoa and the Dragon's long tail

    by Ashalyna Noa - Monday, 11 August 2014

    Since their arrival in Sāmoa, the Chinese have played an integral role in the fabric of Sāmoan society. Ashalyna Noa reveals how the Chinese have made significant contributions to the economic development and culture of Samoa.

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