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Browse the list of upcoming and past Institute lectures, field trips and other events, to which Auckland Institute Members enjoy discounted entry.

  • Researching Tīkapa Moana
    The Hauraki Gulf

    TUES 24 AUG, 5.30PM

    Join marine ecologist Dr. Tim Haggitt, currently operating the Goat Island Marine Discovery Centre, as he talks about his work on researching the Hauraki Gulf.

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  • Lucy Cranwell Lecture:
    Dr Colin Meurk

    WED 1 SEP, 7PM

    Join us for the 2021 Lucy Cranwell Lecture with Dr Colin Meurk, where you can learn about the ecological restoration of Christchurch after the earthquakes.

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  • AMI Morning Talks & Walks:
    A Blast from the Past

    WED 25 AUG, 10AM

    Enjoy a presentation by the Museum’s Archives Collections Manager, Elizabeth Lorimer, at the Museum Library.

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  • From Tyres to Fuel -
    Portland Works Field Trip

    THUR 16 SEP, 9:30 AM

    See how the Portland Cement Company is turning waste to energy. Bus ride and refreshments included.

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  • Love & Loss Curator Tour for Members

    WED 18 AUG, 10.30AM

    Take a deeper look at Love & Loss with exhibition curator and Auckland Museum’s Curator of Manuscripts Nina Finigan.

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  • Tāmaki Herenga Waka
    Members' Tour

    1 AUG 10.30AM, 19 AUG 1.30PM, 14 SEP 6.15PM, 16 SEP 1.30PM
    Free for Museum Members, $25 for Non-Members

    Museum Members, join us on a 45-minute guided tour of our new Tāmaki Herenga Waka Stories of Auckland galleries.

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  • Highlights Guided Tour for Auckland Museum Institute Members

    SUN 29 AUG 11AM, SUN 26 SEP 11AM 
    Free for AMI Members

    We invite our Auckland Museum Institute Members to explore some of the best Auckland Museum has to offer on our Highlights Guided Tour! Feed your curiosity as our local guides share their knowledge and introduce you to our various galleries.

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  • Cafe Scientifique

    Past Event
    WED 29 JULY 6-8PM

    In the 2020 general election there will be a referendum on cannabis. This month’s café will focus on your questions (and a few answers), presented by experts from the Auckland area.

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  • Members’ Haere Mai Tour

    8 AUG 10.30AM, 11 AUG 1.30PM, 7 SEP 6.15PM, 8 SEP 1.30PM
    Free for Museum Members

    New Members, take an exclusive orientation tour with us and familiarise yourself with Auckland Museum.

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  • Panel discussion: Cannabis use and the NZ referendum 2020

    Past Event
    6PM THU 18 JUNE

    A panel discussion on cannabis use and the NZ referendum 2020: Evidence from the Dunedin and Christchurch longitudinal studies.

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  • The Lucy Cranwell Lecture 2018

    Past Event
    WED 5 SEPT, 7PM - 8.30PM

    Ecologist Dr Willie Shaw will present a lecture about one of our generation's big challenges - the indigenous revegetation of aotearoa.

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  • The Strange Case of Dr Jekyll and Mr Hunter

    Past Event
    THURS 31 MAY, 5PM
    Auditorium, FREE, Numbers Limited, Bookings required

    The Auckland Medical Museum Trust with the Auckland Museum Institute presents a lecture with Dr Simon Chaplin, Director of Culture & Society, Wellcome Trust, London.

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  • Integrating Oral Narrative and Archaeology in Polynesian History with Professor Patrick Kirch

    Past Event
    WED 23 MAY, 6PM
    Auditorium, FREE, Bookings required

    The Polynesian Society present the 2018 Nayacakalou Medal Lecture: Voices on the Wind, Traces in the Earth: Integrating Oral Narrative and Archaeology in Polynesian History with Professor Patrick Kirch.

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  • Digital Breaths: The Benefits of Bioengineering

    Past Event
    TUES 24 APR, 6PM
    Auditorium, $10, Members $5, Bookings required

    Recent advances in imaging, sensor, and communications technologies, combined with innovative bioengineering approaches, has the potential to revolutionise healthcare. However, does New Zealand have the capability to become a world leader in this industry?

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  • Out of the Ocean, Into the Fire – Auckland Museum Institute Lecture

    Past Event
    THU 12 APR, 6PM
    Auditorium, FREE, Bookings required

    Northland and Auckland have the most diverse and complex geology in New Zealand. This talk will summarise the story of their 300-million-year history recently presented in Bruce Hayward’s new book of the same title.

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  • Café Scientifique and Café Humanities

    Each month we organise a facilitated discussion in the downstairs lounge bar at the Horse and Trap. After a short presentation by an expert in their field, the floor is open for questions and debate over a meal or drink.

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  • Marine climate refugees: will NZ reefs be a refuge?

    Past Event
    Wed 27 Sep, 6pm
    Auditorium, Free

    Celebrate 150 years of the Royal Society of New Zealand and learn about the ever-increasing effects of climate change in this lecture from scientists Dr David Aguirre and Dr Libby Liggins.

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  • Original Thinkers - Celebrating 150 years of the Auckland Museum Institute

    Opens Wed 20 Sep

    Join us in celebrating 150 years of the Auckland Museum Institute and discover the role their forward-thinking founders played in laying the foundations for this Museum and its world-class collections.

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  • 2016 Lucy Cranwell Lecture

    Past Event
    Wed 3 Aug, 7pm

    Heidi M Meudt’s research focuses on the evolution and classification of native New Zealand flowering plants. Heidi will present on 'Integrative systematic research of New Zealand’s native forget-me-nots' for the 2016 Lucy Cranwell Lecture.

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  • How to clone a mammoth

    Past Event
    Wed 12 Oct, 6.30pm
    AUDITORIUM, FREE, please register to ensure a seat

    Could extinct species, like mammoths and passenger pigeons, be brought back to life? What are the chances that the science fiction of Jurassic Park will someday become science fact? In this lecture, Beth Shapiro, ancient DNA scientist and author of How to Clone a Mammoth, will discuss the real science behind the emerging idea known as 'de-extinction'.

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  • Global Britain: The UK after the EU Referendum

    Past Event
    Tue 20 Sep 2016, 5.30 - 7.30pm
    Auditorium, Level 2, $50 ($45 for RCS and Institute members)

    What are the prospects for Britain following the success of the Leave campaign in the recent EU Referendum? To find out, join this special discussion presented by the Auckland branch of the Royal Commonwealth Society.

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  • Royal Society of New Zealand: Panel discussion - Cities of Tomorrow

    Past Event
    Tues 23 Aug 2016, 6pm
    Events Centre, Charges apply

    Chaired by Kim Hill, this discussion will look at how three major New Zealand cities are moving towards sustainability and what can be learnt from international experience.

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  • Past events and lectures

    The past events and lectures organised by the Auckland Museum Institute Members.

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