Efeso Collins during his time

In memory of Fa’anānā Efeso Collins

Last week New Zealanders were shocked and saddened to hear of the sudden death of Green Party MP Faʻanānā Efeso Collins. Efeso devoted his life to serving his community, firstly as President of the Auckland University Students’ Association (AUSA) and subsequently as a youth worker, broadcaster and head of the University of Auckland’s Pacific student outreach programme.Read more…

Waipapa Marae entrance

Remember and reflect: The Declaration of Independence and the National Day of Commemoration for the New Zealand Wars

28 October 2022 marks the anniversary of the signing of He Whakaputanga o te Rangatiratanga o Nu Tirene: the Declaration of Independence of the United Tribes of New Zealand in 1835. Te Pūtake o te Riri, He Rā Maumahara, or the National Day of Commemoration for the New Zealand Wars, is commemorated on the same date.  Read more…

Nigel Bond, Team Leader, Cultural Collections, sits in front of Don Binney's 'In the Lee of a Looted Island' (1966).

Collection connections: In the Lee of a Looted Island

The University of Auckland art collection is a significant part of Cultural Collections, and we are extremely excited to have a painting from the collection recently installed in the Special Collections Reading Room, Ground Floor, General Library.   

The painting, ‘In the Lee of a Looted Island’ (1966), is by Don Binney and has recently been returned from having some routine conservation. Read more…

Detail from the Linguistic Society of New Zealand's Studies in Pacific Languages & Cultures, in honour of Bruce Biggs

Bruce Biggs and the revitalisation of te reo Māori

The Māori language petition for active recognition of te reo Māori was delivered to Parliament in 1972. It had over 30,000 signatures and became the starting point for a significant revitalisation of te reo Māori. 

At the time, te reo Māori revitalisation was still in its infancy at the University of Auckland, after receiving a boost during the 1950s, with Bruce Biggs — ethnographer, linguist, and champion of te reo Māori — at the helm.  Read more…