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William Sanders, New Zealand's only naval VC

Takapuna boy Lieutenant-Commander William Sanders is New Zealand's only naval recipient of the Victoria Cross, the highest British award bestowed for valour. On the centenary of his death, Associate History Curator Gail Romano reflects upon the local Auckland recognition of his actions.

The Battle of Rafah

On 9 January 1917, the New Zealand Mounted Rifles participated in the final battle of the Sinai Campaign on the borders of Palestine - an event which changed the Middle East in ways which continue to resound today.

Tonny Brinkman: Sand Collector

Sand collector Tonny Brinkman has generously donated 3500 sands to Auckland Museum - and her decades of collecting show that you can explore the world without going far from home.

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  Kete muka -    
  Tribe of origin: Ngati Kuri
Waka: Ngatokimatawhaorua
Iwi: Ngati Kuri

Locality: Te Hapua
Region: Far North

Acquisition date: 1970

Material: Muka
Measurements: 24.1 x 17.8cm

Museum location: Auckland Museum
Specific location: Maori Court West
T W Leys Memorial
Ethnology no: 43126
 Pathway: This kete muka was given to Mrs Greensmith (nee Lloyd) at the turn of the 20th century for saving the life of the son of Wi Hipihana during a major typhoid epidemic. Mrs Greensmith was a school teacher at Te Hapua in the Tai Tokerau region at this time and she was also given a rei puta (No. 43125). Both the kete and the rei puta were purchased by the Auckland Museum in 1970. 
 Catalogue description: This small bag is made of woven undyed muka in single-pair twining and decorated with fringes and tassels. It also features a criss-cross pattern on the body.