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  • Seabirds on Pokohinu: The ecosystem engineers

    by Matt Rayner
    Tue 11 Nov 2014

    Curator of Land Vertebrates Dr Matt Rayner joined a research expedition to Pokohinu/Burgess Island. He explains the importance of seabirds in the island's wildlife recovery, and how historic specimens can help us learn about changes in the ecosystem over the last century.

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  • Collection objects bring World Archaeology to life

    by Louise Furey - Tuesday, 20 May 2014

    For a day in early April the auditorium lobby was turned into a temporary classroom to give students from the University of Auckland’s World Archaeology course an opportunity to encounter objects commonly seen only in text books.

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  • Urbanlife 2014: youth voices in Auckland Museum

    by Bethany Edmunds - Monday, 12 May 2014

    For the month of February 2014 a group of five young women were chosen to participate in Auckland Museum’s Urbanlife Summer Youth Programme. The group immersed themselves in the Museum’s rich history, its collection stories, and spent time with collections and research staff to understand the work that Museum staff do.

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  • Missal cover from 13th Century Limoges

    by Damian Skinner - Thursday, 17 April 2014

    For Easter, we visited our Applied Art and Design galleries to photograph this beautiful enamel missal cover. Curator Damian Skinner provides a short history of how the French city Limoges, where the cover was made, became famous in the Middle Ages for this style of champlevé enamel.

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  • Robin Morrison’s work through contemporary eyes

    by Bethany Edmunds and Olivia Willock - Monday, 14 April 2014

    As part of our exhibition A Decade of Days – Auckland through Robin Morrison’s eyes, we collaborated with Manukau Institute of Technology, Fresh Gallery Otara, the public and invited experts to explore people, places and themes represented by photographs within the exhibition.

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  • Discovering cultural links through pounamu and jade (軟玉)

    by Andrea Stevens - Friday, 7 March 2014

    Nephrite jade is found in over 20 countries, but it is associated strongly with two peoples in particular – Chinese and Māori. During Lantern Festival 2014, experts from both cultures discussed this remarkable stone during a special display of collection objects at the Museum.

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  • Te Awe – a window into our taonga Māori collection

    Tuesday, 10 December 2013

    Letting people see inside our Museum stores and giving others a chance to connect with and gain a better understanding of our taonga collections is all part of the thinking behind our new space Te Awe.

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  • Museum moa ready for his close-up

    by Kirsten MacFarlane - Wednesday, 27 November 2013

    Summer is the season for … giant moa. Or at least it is at Auckland Museum. In preparation for our family holiday programme ‘The Moa and the Mummy’ we’ve been carrying out a photo shoot that brought us unusually close to our towering moa.

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  • 120 years on from the vote: a letter from Kate Sheppard

    by Kirsten MacFarlane - Thursday, 19 September 2013

    As New Zealand celebrates 120 years of women gaining the vote, a letter from suffrage leader Kate Sheppard to fellow campaigner Amey Daldy sheds new light on their crusade and strong bond of friendship.

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  • Museum’s marine team called to two rare finds

    Saturday, 18 May 2013

    Curators and collections staff from our natural sciences team were kept busy this week with two very rare finds for New Zealand waters.

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