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  • In the process

    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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  • 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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  • The hunt for the elusive Giant Sunfish larva

    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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  • The mystery of Manawatāwhi mollymawks: a history and field report

    Thursday 7 May 2020

    Albatrosses breed on remote oceanic islands, as far from humans as possible. Despite this isolation, most breeding sites are known, and many are monitored to track the birds’ numbers, making it unusual that a new albatross population should be discovered and remain unstudied...

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  • Saving Auckland's Spotted Shag

    Wednesday, 11 September 2019

    When Auckland Museum’s resident taxidermist, Mr Louis Griffin, collected (by shooting) spotted shags in the Hauraki Gulf in 1914 for a diorama at Auckland Museum he could not have known that by doing so he would indirectly contribute to the conservation of the same species more than 100 years later... Find out more in this blog.

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  • Mysteries of the long-tailed cuckoo

    Tuesday, 28 May 2019

    Dissecting and investigating the innards of the long-tailed cuckoo, a mysterious New Zealand native bird, has lead to some surprising finds, Associate Emeritus Dr Brian Gill has discovered.

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  • Bird Rescue

    Thursday, 23 August 2018

    A borer-infested Victorian cabinet filled with seventy two birds that were in dire need of attention, presented quite a challenge for Conservator, Felicity Bolton.

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  • Cabinet of avian curiosities

    Tuesday, 3 July 2018

    In this piece, our applied arts curator, Grace Lai conducted some detective work to enrich our knowledge around an exquisite piece of Victorian taxidermy that was acquired in 2006.

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