Monday, 3 November 2014

Auckland Museum

The Auckland Museum is where valuable objects are held for the public to admire. It is a good place for a school trip because it will teach pupils about the history of objects. Recently the year 7 students visited the Auckland Museum and looked at the art gallery.  Some of the item you will find there might be modern or outdated. Each object has their own text explaining what the object is, what it was used for and what it was made of.

In the Auckland Museum I managed to locate the Tonga coat of arms. It was in the Pacific gallery. There was also tapa and tradition customs. It is important to learning about your coulcher and ancestors. In the Tonga coat of arms the shield has been divided into quarters.  The top left quarter shows three stars representing the three main islands, Tongatapu, Ha'apai, and Vava'u. The top right quarter shows a crown representing the kingdom.

The bottom left quarter shows a dove bird with an olive branch in its beak which represents the lord, peace and our belief in god (the dove is from the story Noah and the great flood). The bottom left shows three swords representing the three monarchs to the throne. The six star in the middle of the sheil with the cross inside represents the nation. Finally the writing at the bottom reads Tonga and God is my Inheritance.

In the Māori gallery you will find detailed carvings, woven bags and mats. There are even wakas. Out in the domain there are large scorchers that you can play on there is even a small water fall.

In conclusion the Auckland Museum is where things of great value are held. It is a historic place.

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