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The blog is where we'll post news, updates, information about objects in our collection, #betterworkstories, profiles of staff members and visitors, pictures and videos, and really anything we think you'd find interesting. We hope you enjoy. 

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When does Spring begin?

There's been a lot of discussion here this week about the date that spring begins. Some claim that 1 September is the first day of spring; as an astronomer, I’d prefer it to start at the equinox, which this year is 23 September (at 8:02)..

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Exquisite Earthshine

I hope readers had a chance to enjoy last week’s spectacular planetary conjunction of Jupiter and Venus. While annoying high clouds (as seen in the photo) marred my view from Portobello last Sunday, the previous night the planetary duo presented a simply marvellous vista from my observing location near the eastern end of Hoopers Inlet... 

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Te Marama Puoro Waiata Māori – Māori Music Month

Music has always been an important component of Māori life – waiata are sung during pōwhiri and other formal ceremonies, as well as to acknowledge events, express emotion and tell stories. In pre-European times...

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Stunning Planetary Conjunction stirs the heart

I’m keeping my fingers crossed for clear skies this weekend. As darkness falls, there’s going to be an absolutely spectacular and very close approach between Venus and Jupiter in the western sky. If the weather gods cooperate, this should provide an inspirational sunset sight for stargazers across Otago

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Hākui: Women of Kāi Tahu announced as Best Awards finalist

Otago Museum’s Hākui: Women of Kāi Tahu exhibition has been announced as a finalist in the Ngā Aho category of the Best Design Awards. The exhibition, which closed in May, shared the stories, achievements and legacies of respected Kāi Tahu wāhine – as seen from the perspective of kā uri whakatipu, today’s generations – through objects, photographs and memories. Interactive elements also featured, inviting visitors to step inside Aunty’s kitchen, hear the pronunciation of te reo Māori words and placenames, plait kāwai kete (kete handles), listen to interviews and waiata, share memories of the women in their own lives, and plenty more. The Best Design Awards, an initiative of the Designers Institute of...

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An astronomical Olympic challenge

As we enjoy the efforts of our athletes at the Rio Olympics, it seems appropriate that, this week, the sky gods are setting Otago stargazers an extraordinarily difficult celestial challenge to test our astronomical skills.

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A Lot of Zeros

Last month, New Zealanders were told that the annual inflation rate for the second quarter of 2016 had “come in slightly softer than expected… at 0.4%” – a far cry from the experience of Hungary in 1946...

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Exciting addition to Museum’s Pacific Cultures collection

The Otago Museum has recently been gifted a large woven mat from the island of Pentecost, one of the 83 islands that make up the South Pacific nation of Vanuatu.

 

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Climate Kit exhibition nears opening

The ZERO1 American Arts Incubator exhibition Climate Kit: Field Tools of the Anthropocene opens this weekend at the Otago Museum, with a sneak preview offered from 4pm on Friday 5 August. The exhibition, displayed in the Museum’s Atrium, is the culmination of a month long Dunedin-based residence by international artists and academics Sara Dean and Beth Ferguson, in partnership with ZERO1 American Arts Incubator, the U.S. Department of State’s Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs, and the U.S. Embassy in Wellington. During their time at the Otago Museum, Dean and Ferguson have run a series of workshops, field experiments and research with local participants, exploring climate research on the local environment. The exhibition...

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My time aboard SOFIA

 At 5pm last Sunday, just like thousands of other passengers, I boarded an aircraft at Christchurch airport. However, unlike every other journey I’ve made previously from Otautahi, my destination wasn’t Dunedin, nor indeed Wellington or Auckland.

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