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  • Tivaivai: a symbol of family ties

    by Piritupuna Marearai - Tuesday, 5 August 2014

    It's Cook Island Māori Language Week and Mama Piri highlights her favourite collection item – a 1960's Tivaivai. Much more than a decorative textile, this tivaivai tells the story of a family and the strong bond between the makers. Written in both Cook Island Māori and English.

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  • Mapping the conservation of a chart

    by Julie Senior - Thursday, 24 July 2014

    How do you assess ancient maps or charts, without risking further deterioration? How much restoration is too much? Auckland Museum’s map librarian Julie Senior faced a huge challenge preparing a 125-year-old chart for display in the Entangled Islands exhibition.

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  • Matariki puts spotlight on environmental causes

    by Andrea Stevens - Friday, 18 July 2014

    The rising of the star constellation known as Matariki is an important time in the Māori calendar. The team at the forefront of Auckland Museum's Matariki celebrations reflect on its historic significance and how it now plays a pivotal role in highlighting environmental awareness.

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  • The Stünzner family of Sāmoa

    by Tony Brunt - Wednesday, 9 July 2014

    To complement our 'Entangled Islands' exhibition we begin a series of articles which explore the personal stories of those involved in New Zealand's first action in WWI, the occupation of German Sāmoa. The series opens with an interview with Sāmoan-born Albrecht Stünzner of Auckland, grandson of Friedrich Stünzner who first travelled to Western Sāmoa in 1896.

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  • Entangled Islands: a pathway to a new understanding of WWI

    by Damon Salesa - Wednesday, 18 June 2014

    The exhibition 'Entangled Islands: Sāmoa, New Zealand and the First World War' is the first of the centennial exhibitions commemorating the First World War at Auckland Museum, and the first to concentrate on this shared Sāmoan and New Zealand history. Consultant historian Damon Salesa helped shape the exhibition, and here in his opening night speech he sets the scene on this little-known part of our shared history.

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  • Celebrating Auckland Museum's volunteer community

    by Roy Clare - Monday, 16 June 2014

    In this open letter, Director Roy Clare recognises the dedication and hard work shown by Auckland War Memorial Museum's 300-strong volunteer community.

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  • The art of Kura Te Waru Rewiri

    by Nigel Borell - Friday, 13 June 2014

    Associate Curator Māori Nigel Borell reflects on the career of Kura Te Waru Rewiri, one of five contemporary artists featured in the Five Māori Painters exhibition at Auckland Art Gallery Toi o Tāmaki.

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  • Collection objects bring World Archaeology to life

    by Louise Furey - Tuesday, 20 May 2014

    For a day in early April the auditorium lobby was turned into a temporary classroom to give students from the University of Auckland’s World Archaeology course an opportunity to encounter objects commonly seen only in text books.

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  • Urbanlife 2014: youth voices in Auckland Museum

    by Bethany Edmunds - Monday, 12 May 2014

    For the month of February 2014 a group of five young women were chosen to participate in Auckland Museum’s Urbanlife Summer Youth Programme. The group immersed themselves in the Museum’s rich history, its collection stories, and spent time with collections and research staff to understand the work that Museum staff do.

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  • Capturing conflict: Robin Morrison

    by Andrea Stevens - Sunday, 11 May 2014

    Protest photography was one of the themes during our exhibition A Decade of Days – Auckland through Robin Morrison’s eyes. Sharon Hawke and Jos Wheeler, all too familiar with conflict beyond the lens, reflect on Morrison’s images from Bastion Point and the Springbok Tour of 1981.

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