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  • One year of
    collecting Covid

    A year on from the first day of Aotearoa's first lockdown, Curator Manuscripts Nina Finigan and Curator History Lucy Mackintosh reflect on how they curated Covid for Auckland Museum.

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  • More National Treasures at Auckland Museum

    TVNZ's new show National Treasures aims to discover the precious objects of national significance that people have in their own homes. Each week, we'll share other unseen-on-air objects from our collections that expand on the taonga explored in the show.

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  • A Khaki Valentine

    Even at the height of the war in South Africa with no access to romantic stationery, enterprising young soldiers made do. Associate Curator (History) Gail Romano examines a heartfelt note written on a torn piece of uniform.

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  • Hey, hei tiki

    Although instantly recognisable even to non-Māori, popular knowledge barely scratches the surface of the deep significance of hei tiki. Tāmaki Herenga Waka: Stories of Auckland Project Curator Tharron Bloomfield shines a light on just some of the hei tiki in the Museum's collection.

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  • What's Gnu
    at Auckland Museum

    In this blog, Museum Conservator Valerie Tomlinson details the work involved in getting two enormous beasts ready for their close-ups.

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  • Our heart on our sleeves

    Teu le Vā (the Pacific Dimension) and He Korahi Māori (the Māori Dimension) are written into the Museum’s mission. Read about how the Wardrobe Project has reimagined staff uniforms to weave those dimensions into the very fabric of the clothes our staff wear.

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  • 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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