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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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  • 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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  • An Endeavour to Preserve

    Monday, 2 December 2019

    Swab the decks! Repair the rigging and dress down the sails! Read about the efforts taken to conserve and restore some of the intricate models of the Endeavour in Auckland Museum's collection.

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  • Congratulations! Class of Carried Away

    Tuesday, 19 November 2019

    Carried Away: Bags Unpacked features bags from Auckland Museum’s Applied Arts and Design collection, alongside key pieces from the History, Māori and Pacific collections. Each bag is rich with stories, of innovative design, indigenous traditions and personal stories.

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  • Carrying the Past

    Tuesday, 2 July 2019

    Step into the world of a Museum Photographer in this blog which explores the meticulous care taken in photographing the extensive collection of bags featured in our exhibition Carried Away: Bags Unpacked.

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  • Craft and Protest: Collecting the Women's March

    Monday, 17 September 2018

    On Saturday 21 January 2017, over 1000 Aucklanders came together to march in support of the Women’s March on Washington, forming part of a global protest that drew in millions. In addition to carrying homemade banners and wearing March-branded t-shirts, several women wore pink knitted “pussy hats."

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  • Timespanner

    Thursday, 11 January 2018

    Interview with time-lapse photographer and finalist in New Zealand Geographic Photographer of the Year 2017 Steven Harrison.

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  • Life Aquatic

    Wednesday, 10 January 2018

    Interview with New Zealand Geographic Photographer of the Year 2017 finalist Lola Wright.

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  • Cunning as a fox?

    Tuesday, 17 October 2017

    New Zealand successfully dodged the introduction of the red fox after a pair were brought onto our shores in 1864 though we are still feeling the impact of several ill conceived introductions, writes Land Vertebrates Curator Matt Rayner.

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  • Creatures up close with Denise Baynham

    Monday, 25 September 2017

    In celebration of our current Wildlife Photographer of the Year exhibition, we talked to photographer Denise Baynham from our Collection Imaging team about capturing animal close ups and more.

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