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  • Newest Trick in the Book

    Learn about how an Auckland Museum team worked with a conservator from the other side of the world to design a tool for handling rare books - the first of its kind in the Southern Hemisphere.

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  • Value of External Supporters

    Head of Collection Care Vasiti Palavi describes what a gift like the one the 21st Battalion donated to the Museum means for the collection, and what a massive undertaking it is to make it accessible to audiences.

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  • Let's Get Reo

    Nina Whittaker (Cataloguing Librarian) and Geraldine Warren (Māori Resources & Mātauranga Advisor), in conversation with Leone Samu and Te Whai Mātauranga Smith about how the exclusivity of English-language cataloguing is excluding Reo speakers.

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  • Naming rights

    To mark Te Wiki o te reo Māori, Assistant Curator of Entomology Leilani Walker (Whakatōhea) reflects on the history and future of using te reo in the scientific names.

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  • Processing 21st Battalion

    Auckland War Memorial Museum has recently completed the formal acquisition and cataloguing of memorabilia gifted by the 21st Battalion Association, and this blog details the elaborate process every item goes through as it joins the collection.

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  • 21st Battalion

    Auckland War Memorial Museum has recently completed the formal acquisition and cataloguing of memorabilia gifted by the 21st Battalion Association after the veteran’s club in Auckland closed its doors in 2005.

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  • A spade, a saddleback, and thousands of trees

    How many volunteers does it take to make a wildly successful native bird sanctuary? More than you'd think. Read about how a humble spade tells the story of the committed volunteers who made Tiritiri Matangi a conservation project for the people.

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  • Sunfish

    Research Associate Dr Marianne Nyegaard chronicles the first ever identification of a Giant Sunfish larva, and describes how it’s possible that the larvae of such an enormous fish could be so hard to find.

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  • Cook Islands and the Griffin Register

    Auckland Museum’s Head of Natural Sciences and avid fish expert, Tom Trnski, shares how a recently opened old box of hand-written notes fills in some long-standing gaps, and opens up a conversation with Cook Island knowledge holders about the Cook Islands language.

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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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