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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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  • William Mariner

    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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  • Te Awe and the Taumata Māreikura

    Tuesday 16 June 2020

    Read about the experience of Kahutoi Te Kanawa being part of the Taumata Māreikura in the Te Awe Project

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  • Bill Sevesi and His Islanders at The Orange Ballroom

    Wednesday 27 May 2020

    The Orange Coronation Ballroom on Newton Road in Auckland, also known as The Orange Ballroom or The Orange, was Pacific music central in Auckland from 1954 to the mid-1970s. Bill Sevesi and his Islanders played night after night to audiences who thronged the dance floor. Read more about this period in New Zealand's music history here.

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  • Samoa’s Little Dodo Bird

    Tuesday 26 May 2020

    The Manumea is the national bird of Samoa and is found nowhere else in the world. A species of ground pigeon, the Manumea has a large head and hooked beak. One of the closest living relatives of the extinct dodo, the scientific name for the species (Didunculus strigirostris) means little dodo.

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  • Changing Waiheke

    Monday 25 May 2020

    A look at Waiheke Island’s history as one of Auckland City’s favourite island getaway locations.

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  • Creativity in Momentous Times

    Wednesday 6 May 2020

    Whether a professional artist or crafty amateur, times of uncertainty and change can encourage us to get creative. Here are some objects in our collection that have been created during moments of significance, big andor small, and their stories.

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  • Tools of Tātau and the Marks of a Leader

    Tools of Tātau and the Marks of a Leader

    A closer look at Taonga and specimens from across the Auckland Museum collection that feature in the Voyage to Aotearoa: Tupaia and the Endeavour exhibition - specifically Tahitian tātau (tattoo) tools - the uhi (chisel) and tā (beater).

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  • Identifying Belwood: Searching for Sitters

    Identifying Belwood: Searching for Sitters

    Did you ever wonder what might have happened to the family photos you were made to pose for when you were a child? Did you ever suspect they could wind up in a museum?

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  • Trade Beads and Nails

    Wednesday, 19 February 2020

    An examination of the surprising and illuminating tools of trade and exchange highlighted in the Voyage to Aotearoa: Tupaia and the Endeavour exhibition.

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