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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. 

If there's a topic you'd like us to do a post about, or a post that you think needs a sequel, just let us know!

July @ Otago Museum

July is going to be a sense-ational month at the Otago Museum, with a calendar full of programmes and events to keep you and your family busy these school holidays.

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A whale that made me grit my teeth

I recently had the pleasure and honour to publish a study that investigated the vestigial dentition of beaked whales in the New Zealand Journal of Zoology. My research area is on marine mammal teeth, as teeth can help us decipher the animal’s age, its diet, relationships and interactions with the environment. 

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H and A – The Story of a Medieval Silver Coin

We have a silver Irish groat in our coin collection with the crowned initials H and A on either side of a harp. The H stands for Henry VIII and the A stands for Anne Boleyn. The coin dates from 1534–35. Henry and Anne wed in 1533 and Anne was executed in May 1536.

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2016 Otago Wildlife Photography Competition Winners Announced

The 2016 Otago Wildlife Photography Exhibition opened last night, Wednesday 8 June, with an awards ceremony celebrating the talent of amateur photographers and videographers across the region.

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Puaka, Matariki and Me

Approaching winter, we get ready to celebrate Matariki, the Māori New Year. Down south in Dunedin, we also celebrate Puaka (known as Punaga up north), and this year will be the 8th annual Puaka Matariki Festival.

 

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Pin up models

Otago Museum has recently purchased equipment to take high resolution sharp photos of our entomology collection and Kane Fleury, Collection Officer, Natural Science, is currently working on developing a system for imaging the small specimens.

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Otago Museum Discovery World II a step closer

The Otago Museum has received a funding boost of $500,000 in the Otago Community Trust’s latest donations round.

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Accolades at 2016 New Zealand Museum Awards

Otago Museum claimed several top honours, including two categories and a special award, in this year’s ServiceIQ New Zealand Museum Awards held in Auckland on Wednesday 18 May.

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Our Tropical Terrapins

Two terrapins, named Daphne and Heidi, live in our Tropical Forest here at the Otago Museum. They are red-eared sliders (Trachemys scripta elegans), a type of terrapin often seen as a household pet.

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Pedal to the metal! #LeadingTheCharge

A group of electric vehicles and their proud owners covered some serious mileage (approximately 2,131km) across the length of New Zealand over the course of two weeks. This wasn’t just any road trip. It was part of the #LeadingTheCharge movement, dedicated to accelerating the Electric Vehicle (EV) uptake in New Zealand. 

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