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Auckland Museum What's On Newsletter

18 April, 2006

- Exhibitions
- Events
- War Memorial Lecture Series
- School Holiday Programme
- Kids Holiday Workshops
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Veterans' Club:

The comradeship and memories of Auckland's 21 Infantry Battalion

24 March - 21 May

Pictorial Gallery, 2nd Floor

To commemorate the 'Year of the Veterans', Auckland Museum has lovingly re-created the clubrooms of Auckland's legendary 21st Battalion.

Visitors will be able to take a seat at the bar and soak up the veteran's photographs and stories of their time during World War 2 and the 50 years since.

This exhibition offers visitors a chance to experience the supportive environment of the clubrooms, and discover more about the veterans during the war, and afterwards. In 2005 the Association was officially disbanded and their entire collection was gifted to the Auckland War Memorial Museum.


Presented in association with EQC, the Earthquake Commission

New Volcanoes Gallery

Level 1

What exactly are volcanoes? How do they work? Why are they there? What is their history? Since Volcanoes opened in December record numbers of Aucklanders have visited Auckland Museum's dynamic new permanent gallery to find the answers to some of these questions.

The exhibition takes you on a sensory journey that explores the geological, social and cultural impact of volcanoes, in Auckland, throughout New Zealand and around the world.


Dinosaurs Alive!

Every Saturday

11:30am, 12:30pm and 2pm

School holidays

Everyday from Friday, 14 April - Four shows 11:30am, 12:30pm, 2pm, 3pm

Meet our new dinosaur - direct from the cretaceous period via trans-tasman jet charter. Astonishing as it seems, Auckland Museum now has two dinosaurs! A male dryosaur has been found in the Australian outback and the Museum has successfully negotiated to fly him to Auckland. The Museum's keepers hope that he will form a friendship with our dryosaur, Delaurus. Come along these holidays and see how they get on!

Origins Gallery, Level One. $4 per child, accompanying adults and members free.


Rangitoto Field Trip

Thursday 20 April - 9am to 4pm

A day trip with a guided walk on Rangitoto - the youngest of 48 volcanoes in the region having been formed just 600 years ago. A great opportunity to explore the volcano and see how life has developed on the cone itself. The range of plants and animals is now quite diverse and very well adapted to this unique environment. Walk to the summit take about one hour.

Be Ready Workshops

Civil Defence Emergency Management

The workshops are an opportunity to hear how Civil Defence Emergency (CDEM) works in New Zealand.

The recent weather-inflicted disasters in the United States and Australia serve as a reminder to everyone that when it comes to disaster planning, it is not a matter of if, but rather when a disaster will strike. Like most regions in volcanic New Zealand, Auckland is vulnerable to several possible disaster scenarios including eruptions.

We want to ensure that we are as prepared as possible and also remind ourselves that we have an individual responsibility to be prepared as well.

The free workshops includes a tour of the Volcanoes exhbition which is optional. Click on the link below for dates and booking information.

Chris Booth: The Man Behind The Victoria Street Gateway

Thursday 4 May, 7pm. APEC Room

Museum Members free, Non-members $10

New Zealand sculptor, Chris Booth will discuss his work both here and overseas. Hosted by the Museum Circle.

War Memorial Lecture Series

Veterans and Community

Talks, Lectures and Symposium

How did New Zealand change during and immediately after the end of the Vietnam War, and what impact did this have on the veterans of that war. How were the Vietnam veterans treated upon their return home and what social and health issues did they experience?

2006 has been declared “The Year of the Veteran” and this lecture series, developed in partnership with Auckland University, focuses on those New Zealanders who went to the Vietnam war and thankfully returned; those who were opposed to World War II and those who were left behind.


Fee: $18 per lecture or $36 for the series

Concession: $13.50 per lecture or $31.50 (Auckland Museum members, full-time students and unwaged)


All bookings through the University of Auckland Centre for Continuing Education on 0800 864 266. Bookings for the Symposium are required. Those attending the lectures are invited to attend the Symposium at no charge. Contact Auckland Museum on 09 306 7048 or

The Veterans' Club exhibition will be open from 6pm prior to each lecture and prior to the Symposium.

The Vietnam Veterans

Deborah Challinor

Wednesday 26 April, 7.30 - 9.00pm

As an agent of social change there can be nothing quite as brutal as war. How did New Zealand change during and immediately after the end of the Vietnam War as a result of New Zealand's involvement and what impact did these changes have on the veterans of this war? This lecture will explore how the Vietnam veterans were treated upon their return home as well as the social and health issues they experienced.


Waikato writer and historian Deborah Challinor's first book, Grey Ghosts (1998), was based on her PhD thesis on New Zealand Vietnam veterans. Who'll Stop the Rain?, about the effects of Agent Orange on some of those veterans, followed in 2000 by a short regional history, Pictures from the Past: Waikato. Deborah is also the author of five novels and has written for the Waikato Times as a columnist and a feature writer.

Documenting World War Two Dissent

Russell Campbell

Wednesday 3 May, 7.30 - 9.00pm

New Zealand's involvement in World War Two had the support of the majority of the population however there were those who were passionately opposed to participation - principally pacifists and (until June 1941) Communists. They spoke out against the war, published dissentient opinion, and refused to enlist. The government reacted by enacting a series of stringent emergency measures designed to prevent the dissemination of anti-war and anti-conscription views, and set up detention camps for military defaulters not deemed to be genuine conscientious objectors. In this session Russell Campbell will discuss the process of recording and investigating this aspect of our history in his feature documentary Sedition: The Suppression of Dissent in World War II New Zealand.


Russell Campbell is Senior Lecturer in Film at Victoria University of Wellington. He has published widely on aspects of the cinema, particularly documentary film, and is a partner in Vanguard Films and the Community Media Trust. His earlier films with Vanguard include Rebels in Retrospect, Islands of the Empire (recipient of the Media Peace Award), Wildcat and A Century of Struggle.

'Dear Folks': An Emotional History of World War Two

Deborah Montgomerie

Wednesday 10 May, 7.30 - 9.00pm

When soldiers went to war they left parents, wives, sweethearts and children behind, often for years at a time. What were the challenges created by these separations and how were they met? Using letters and diaries we can appreciate the images of family, home and sacrifice that kept soldiers and their loved ones going through difficult times. We can also begin to trace a history of wartime emotions such as love, anxiety, boredom, and hope for a better future, which are as much part of our war history as troop deployments or battle stories.


Deborah Montgomerie is a Senior Lecturer in the Department of History at The University of Auckland. A specialist in the social and cultural history of twentieth century New Zealand she has written extensively about the history of the Second World War. Her books The Women's War: New Zealand Women, 1939-45, 2001, and Love in Time of War: Letter Writing in the Second World War, 2005, are published by Auckland University Press.

SYMPOSIUM: The New Zealand Veteran Experience

Wednesday 17 May, 7.30 - 9.00pm

Those who serve their country in times of war and subsequently return are called veterans. What is the shared experience of these people? What does a country do to support them on their return; indeed what should a country do? What have these veterans commonly done to support one another? These questions will be explored by a panel involving veterans, and people from Government bodies and community social services.


Libby Passau: 373 7599 ext 88532, Jo Davies: 373 7599 ext 88693,

The Lecture series coincides with the ANZAC Day programme and Veterans' Club.


Tuesday 25 April 2006

Every year, Auckland War Memorial Museum, Auckland City Council and the RSA marks ANZAC Day with a series of services and commemorative events. the Museum opens to the public immediately after the dawn service. No donation will be asked for on this day.

Public Programme for Anzac Day

In association with the Auckland City Council and the RSA, the Museum marks ANZAC Day with a series of services and commemorative events throughout the day.

School Holiday Programme

There's a great range of activities and workshops being planned at Auckland Museum to keep children and families busy these April school holidays. The theme is based around ANZAC and a number of special events are planned.

Lest We Forget Poetry Competition

Monday 24 April, 10.30am

World War II Hall Of Memories, Second Floor

Write your own personal response to war. The subject could be wars past or present, your imagination is the only restriction. Send your poem in to Lest We Forget Poetry Competition, Auckland Museum, Freepost 65043, Private Bag 92018, Auckland, to arrive no later than Friday 21 April. Finalists will be invited to read their poem in a special poetry morning on Monday 24 April. Two winners will be asked to present their poems in the Museum on Anzac Day.

Lottie - A Nurse's Story

Daily from Tuesday 18 April - Monday 24 April, 11am, 1pm & 2.30pm

Scars On the Heart I, Second Floor

Charlotte le Gallais trained as a nurse at Auckland Hospital and served on the hospital ship Maheno in 1915. Join Lottie in this interactive performance to find out about life on board the ship and what it was like to have two brothers who were serving in the army.

Medals and Memorabilia

Tuesday 18 and Tuesday 25 April, 1.30pm

Veteran's Club Exhibition, Pictorial Gallery, Second Floor

Bring in your relative's war medals or any other memorabilia. Our History Curator, Rose will identify medals, and you can tell her the stories behind your keepsakes.

Family Tours Of Scars on the Heart I gallery

Daily from Tuesday 18 April - Monday 24 April, 10.30am

Meet By the Zero Aeroplane, Second Floor

Come on a family friendly tour of Scars on the Heart, our World War I galleries, and find out amazing facts and figures about the Great War and the New Zealanders involved in it.

Kit Bag/Cenotaph Database Drive

Daily, 10am - 5pm

Armoury, Second Floor

Collect a form from us to help you retrieve your relatives' war records, so you can have them added permanently to the Museum's database.

Volcano Art Competition

Closing Date: Sunday 30 April

Volcanoes can be spectacular and special places. Use your imagination, or come in and check out our new Volcano Gallery for some inspiration, then create a volcano artwork for this fun competition. Create your own volcano in this fun competition. Entries must be on A4 paper or a 3D sculpture no bigger than 40cm long. Winners will receive a cool volcano pack from the Museum Shop and have their entry on display in Treasures & Tales. Pick up an entry form from the Information Desk or from Stevenson Discovery Centre.

Dinosaurs Alive!

PRICE: $4 per child. Accompanying adults and members free

The Museum's dryosaurs will make four daily appearances during the school holidays at 11.30am, 12.30pm, 2pm and 3pm daily.

Kids Holiday Workshops

All workshops must be pre-booked and prepaid. To book phone 09 306 7048 or email by credit card or cheque.

Jewellery from the Fiery Furnace

A Workshop with Artist Anna Bates

Friday 21 April, 10.30am - 2pm

Join Anna Bates Advanced workshop, for children aged 11 - 15 years

In this special, extended workshop you'll get the chance to learn jewellery-making techniques, and produce your own piece of original jewellery using materials of volcanic origin. Bring your own lunch, morning tea provided.

PRICE: $20 (or $15 for Dinomites)

Fun with Eruptions

Tuesday 18 April, 10.30am - 12pm

Senior workshop, for children aged 7 - 10 years

Make a volcano! Paint your own small volcano and watch it erupt, then take it home and amuse the family. Visit the 'Volcanoes' gallery at the Museum and find out about 'volcanic glass.'

PRICE: $10 (or $7.50 for Dinomites)

Volcanic Antics

Wednesday 19 April, 11am - 12pm

Junior workshop, for children aged 4 - 6 years

Learn about volcanoes and eruptions and make your own volcano costume and eruption wand. Then dress up and dance the 'Volcano Rumble!'

PRICE: $8 (or $6 for Dinomites)


14 April to 24 April, 10am-12pm and 1.30pm-3pm

Come in to the Stevenson Discovery Centre to participate in fun craft activities for children, based on the themes of Dinosaurs and ANZAC. PRICE: $2 ($1 for Dinomites) No need to book just pop in.

Mondays & Fridays

10am - 12pm Volcano Sand Pictures

1.30pm - 3pm Dino Paws

Tuesdays & Saturdays

10am - 12pm Spin & Spiral Art

1.30pm - 3pm Pegasaurus


10am - 12pm Volcano Badge-Making

1.30pm - 3pm Dinosaur Badge-Making

Thursdays & Sundays

10am - 12pm Fire Wands

1.30pm - 3pm Dino Rubbing

Stevenson Dinomite members receive prior notice of all school holiday programmes as well as great discounts on workshops and activities.

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