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The stories behind the Museum’s collections and exhibitions, and the work of our curators, scientists and staff.

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Breaking the Ice: The First Year in Antarctica

Before the world had heard of Scott and Shackleton, another explorer hatched a plan to spend a year in Antarctica. He was Carsten Borchgrevink, and his team proved it was possible for humans to survive the Antarctic winter.

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Dogs in Antarctica: Tales from the Pack

Meet the canine characters who helped Antarctic heroes like Scott and Shackleton explore the icy continent. From Kid the Courageous to Osman the Great, the dogs who pulled sledges and provided companionship on the great Antarctic expeditions all had tales of their own. 

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New Brass Chain for Ivan Mauger's Gold Motorbike

Thu, 19 Sep 2019

Ivan Mauger’s gold-plated motorbike is sporting new brass chains thanks to the generosity of a New Plymouth motorbike enthusiast.

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Street Sheep

Wed, 04 Sep 2019

In 2014, these brightly-coloured plastic sheep guided traffic on Christchurch's earthquake-muddled streets.

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Sir Ed's Scarf

Sat, 20 Jul 2019

On his 100th birthday, we look back at Sir Edmund Hillary's role in the Commonwealth Trans-Antarctic Expedition.

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