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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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  • One island, one book, many stories

    Tuesday 19 May, 2020

    2020 marked the first year that Gasav Ne Fäeag Rotuạm – Rotuman Language Week, officially joins the Ministry for Pacific Peoples’ Pacific Language Week celebrations. In this blog we look at Tales of a Lonely Island (1939), an early twentieth century collection of Rotuman legends.

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  • Excavating Otata

    Excavating Otata Island: A Midden Revealed

    In March 2020, Auckland Museum archaeologists carried out a small excavation in a large coastal midden on Otata Island in the Hauraki Gulf, Tikapa Moana.

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  • Who am I? The mystery of the forgotten photographs

    Tuesday, 27 August 2019

    Help us uncover the mystery of these 110-year-old New Zealand photographs. Who are the people in them and who were they taken by?

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  • Polar Bear on the Move

    Monday, 22 July 2019

    With the transformations happening at Auckland Museum at the moment, you might be wondering what has become of some of your favourite objects and displays! Auckland Museum’s Collection Technician for Relocations Libby Neumann gives us some insight into just how much care and effort goes into moving precious Museum objects.

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  • Sir Edmund Hillary Photo Archive

    Monday, 22 July 2019

    In honour of Sir Edmund Hillary, on the 100th anniversary of his birth on 20 July 2019, learn about caring for the Museum's Edmund Hillary Archive and the insights it offers on Sir Ed's life.

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  • Manava Toa: the Cook Islands in WWI

    Tuesday, 23 April 2019

    More than 500 Cook Islanders fought for New Zealand in the WWI. They served with distinction but suffered great loss. Find out more about these courageous servicemen.

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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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  • Lucy Cranwell, New Zealand's First Female Curator

    Thursday, 12 July 2018

    Dr Lucy Cranwell was Auckland Museum's first botany curator and New Zealand's first female curator. Ewen Cameron delves into her story and the accolades she received.

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  • My favourite object: Ahu’ula

    Wednesday, 21 March 2018

    In this piece, our Senior Collection Technician, Sarah Bishop, tells us about her favourite taonga - a stunning garments a red and yellow Hawaiian cloak made from hundreds of feathers.

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