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Features > Auckland, New Zealand (Apr 2009) > Wine, Oil, and Ferns


Sections - Waiheke Wineries | Wineries and FERNS! | Auckland Museum


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The museum


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Look - Sue the T-Rex from Chicago's Field Museum made it all the way to Auckland!


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Wahi Whakanoa - You are invited to wash your hands before leaving He Tangoa Maori. According to Maori custom visits to areas where Maori taonga are kept are considered tapu (sacred) and require the need to remove the tapu when leaving the area. The whakanoa (to make common) ritual is symbolised by the washing of hands.


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This is a He Taonga Maori (Maori Court), we had to take our shoes off before entering


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The museum had some odd exhibits - like children's rooms throughout the decades (which is fine) but I'm not sure the 1990s are historical enough to yet belong in a museum, at least for my sake I hope not


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Old New Zealand moeny - there's the Kiwi in the upper right


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Daniel wants to be a part of the boat carvings


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Kinda spooky Maori statue


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Wouldn't it be fun every day as you're eating to be reminded of this super saying "Waste Not, Want Not"?


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The museum atrium and Stevenson Learning Centre


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I had this idea while dreaming last night...lets put a big hive of bees in the gift shop, I think the kids will get a kick out of it and they probably won't escape...


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A $2 coin...how odd!


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Back into the museum - wildlife


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A kiwi and it's shadow


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There's NZ


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The Maori mythology has a deep methodology for classification and hierarchy - such as this one for Tangaroa (god of the sea)


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The walk between the hotel and museum was past the Auckland hospital and here's an MR Imaging centre - hopefully they use GE Healthcare equipment!


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Also a historic site - Symonds Street Cemetery


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I don't think it's true that Australia is scary...


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Simpsons....everywhere....

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