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  • Knitting for the warriors

    Fri, 27 May 2016

    Knitters were in great demand during the First World War - soldiers' socks didn't last long on the battlefield! Auckland Museum volunteers knitted garments using pattern books from the era. Read their reviews.

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  • Photo essay: In praise of parasites

    THU, 5 APR 2016

    A small wasp stalks the destructive stink bug in this photo essay by Wilma Blom - possibly the first time that its parasitizing behaviour has been observed and documented in this country.

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  • On ownership and returning

    By Shanti Mathias
    Wed, 23 Mar 2016

    Urbanlife participant Shanti Mathias shares her insights and perspective on the ownership and accessibility of taonga.

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  • Urbanlife: Nurturing future GLAM stars

    By Charlotte Hawkins
    Wed, 16 Mar 2016

    Urbanlife participant Charlotte Hawkins shares her Urbanlife experience and how it has helped shape her career direction.

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  • How to play tītītōrea

    by Mattie Hamuera
    Mon, 27 Jul 2015

    For Te Wiki o Te Reo Māori, we've pulled out Ngā Tākaro (traditional Māori games). Stick games such as tītītorea (short sticks) are a fun way to practice waiata and instructions in Te Reo.

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  • Caring for a collection: everyday objects from Te Awe

    by Awhina Rawiri-Erick and Jenna Dudley
    Wed, 20 May 2015

    Te Awe is a project work space on the ground floor of the Museum just around the corner from our He Taonga Māori gallery. Through the glass doors, you can watch as staff work to care for the collections through conservation, documentation, photography and digitisation.

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  • Did the kiwi ever fly?

    by Matt Rayner
    Wed, 20 May 2015

    Anthony from Room 5 at Halsey Drive Primary School wanted to know did the kiwi's ancestor fly. Matt Rayner, Curator Land Vertebrates, explains the evolutionary history of our national bird.

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  • Why the starfish is star-shaped

    by Wilma Blom
    Tue, 12 May 2015

    Room 5 at Halsey Drive Primary School wanted to know why starfish are star-shaped and what a mussel's foot does for the mussel. Wilma Blom, Curator Marine Invertebrates, suggests some answers.

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  • The language of Chinese embroidery

    by Andrea Stevens
    Mon, 7 Apr 2015

    A gold embroidered Manchu-style jacket was one of the remarkable ‘hidden objects’ we displayed during Chinese New Year celebrations this year. To learn more about the garments and the art of Chinese embroidery, we invited two experts from the Confucius Institute in Auckland to discuss the figurative and poetic symbols sewn in silk and gold.

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  • Guest blog: Young ocean explorers

    by Riley Hathaway
    Mon, 23 Feb 2015

    Young Ocean Explorer Riley Hathaway is in the Kermadecs with her Dad, underwater cameraman Steve Hathaway. They're hoping to encounter Galapagos sharks and black spotted grouper and create a couple of exciting new episodes. Follow their journey.

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