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Love Across the Sea

 Scrapbook made for Dutch immigrant Toni Tecklenburg (gifted by Toni Angell)

The Museum's Immigrants Gallery tells stories of some of the people who came to Aotearoa from the 1840s to the 1960s. One of these is Toni Tecklenburg, a Dutch immigrant, who emigrated to New Zealand as an 11 year old with her close family on a five week voyage on 'MS SIBAJAK' in 1952.

Volvo Ocean Race: The highs & lows of sailing the open seas

Team SCA in action in the Volvo Ocean Race. ​Image courtesy of Team SCA.

The Volvo Ocean Race Village for the Auckland stopover of the gruelling round the world event opens in Viaduct Harbour today, with the first of the race yachts expected to sail in tomorrow. While many of us will be soaking up the sun, sounds and champagne of the Race Village in Auckland's Viaduct, for the teams taking part, there's very little downtime.

Sweet Kathleen: a love story for Valentine's Day

Merchant Navy sweetheart brooch,  New Zealand Maritime Museum (2007.108.3)

This Valentine’s Day we've chosen one of the most romantic objects from the Museum's collection to share with you – a Merchant Navy sweetheart brooch – and like a good Valentine’s Day card its origins are a little obscure.

Volvo Ocean Race: Anticipating the arrival to Auckland

Team SCA competing in the 2014/15 Volvo Ocean Race

After 22 days at sea, SCA crew member Annie Lush anticipates the team's arrival to Auckland with a mixture of excitement and nerves. 

The City of Many Lovers (and Sails)

Auckland Anniversary Day Regatta and Queen Street Wharf from Smales Point 1864. Auckland Harbour Board photograph album no. 67.

The 175th Anniversary of the founding of Auckland city is being celebrated this weekend with a range of events on Auckland's waterfront, including the annual Ports of Auckland Anniversary Day Regatta.

The Māori name for Auckland is Tāmaki Makaurau, which is often translated as "City of a thousand (or many) lovers". The harbours and the fertile volcanic soils have made the region an attractive destination for centuries.

Life on board a tall ship: the night watch and keeping clean on the ocean

Twilight on board Breeze
It’s not all fun in the sun on board tall ship BREEZE! Here mate James Brock explains what it’s like sailing at night, as the crew make their way from the Bay of Islands down to Marsden Cove Marina for another week of public sailings. 

BREEZE sets sail in the Bay of Islands Regatta

Breeze sets sail in the 2015 Bay of Islands Regatta
BREEZE and her hardworking crew spent the last weekend in the Bay of Islands running public sailings alongside fellow tall ship, R Tucker Thompson. A highlight of the weekend was taking passengers out for the historic tall ships Regatta in Russell. Skipper Stuart takes a moment to reflect on the crew’s experience so far:

Pirates

Buried treasure, eye patches, wooden legs, parrots, Jolly Roger, hats, hooks, rum, swashbuckling, Davy Jones’ locker, the Flying Dutchman, Captain Hook, Captain Pugwash, Captain Jack Sparrow... arrrr me hearties!!

A hostile climate not fit for humans

Howling winds persisted all night and well into the morning for the Yellow-Eyed Penguin Survey team, which meant the penultimate penguin count on Enderby Island had to be cancelled. Getting ashore in the dark in 50 knot winds would simply have been too dangerous.

Reflections from the wilderness: What is the future for the Auckland Islands?

As predicted, the Yellow-Eyed Penguin Expedition team have spent the last days of their trip battling 50km an hour winds. With gusts of over 60 knots, they spent a day confirmed to the yacht at Erebus Cove on Enderby Island. After ten days living in close quarters, for Christine it was a chance to reflect on the experience so far.