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  • Entangled Islands arrives in Sāmoa

    FRI, 24 Jul 2015

    For New Zealand and Sāmoa the First World War began in August 1914, when a NZ defence force party landed in Apia and claimed the islands from Germany. Just over a century later, a shipping container and two Auckland Museum staff arrived in Apia – this time to work with the Museum of Sāmoa to tell the stories of this ‘entangled’ relationship.

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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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  • 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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  • 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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