Auckland

Talking Tape Art at the Museum

Erica Duthie and Struan Ashby

A fantastic new art exhibition created by artists, Erica Duthie and Struan Ashby, has just opened at the Museum. It comprises a large taped mural made by the Wellington based duo (also known as Tape Art NZ), and two other murals which they facilitated with students from local Auckland schools. 

Celebrating our 22nd Birthday

The Maritime Museum, just prior to opening in 1993 - NZ Maritime Museum Archives

 

This week marks the museum’s 22nd birthday here on Hobson Wharf, after the Right Hon. Jim Bolger Prime Minister of New Zealand cut a ceremonial ribbon on 19 August, 1993. We then opened our doors to the first members of the public two days later, on Saturday 21 August 1993.

600 ton slipway still in use after 100 years

600 ton slipway nearly completed, wide view looking east towards Freeman’s Bay and City

The year 2015 marks a centenary event for Auckland of the maritime kind. The 600 ton slipway in Westhaven was built by the Auckland Harbour Board to provide a maintenance access service for vessels up to 600 tons in displacement. The slipway was built to handle vessels up to 58 metres long and during her working life has seen a large variety of vessels.

Bean Rock Lighthouse - first lit 24 July, 1871

Bean Rock restored on Hikinui, November 1985

 

As the anniversary of Bean Rock lighthouse first being lit is upon us (on 24 July, 1871) and we host a special anniversary sailing, we take a look back at the both it's history and recent restoration work.

Sarah Mathew: a new assessment of her life as explorer, diarist and early Aucklander

Sarah Mathew

 Tessa Duder is a versatile New Zealand writer who has crossed the Tasman under sail, lived as an expatriate wife and written several books on Auckland. She has long been interested in  Sarah Mathew as an under-recognised figure in Auckland’s 175-year history. Here she tells us about a new assessment of her life as explorer, diarist and early Aucklander :

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.