Arts and culture
An orchestra, some pop, and all that big band jazz
18 April 2019
The School of Music's Grad Gala will be a dynamic night out, featuring classical, jazz and popular music students, and a 200-person strong massed ensemble.
It started with a toy violin, and moved on to Sibelius
11 April 2019
The winner of this year's Grad Gala Soloist Competition, Diane Huh, traces her love for the violin back to the toy instrument her grandfather gave her.
New fossil evidence claims first discovery of taro in Māori gardens
9 April 2019
The first discovery of Polynesian taro grown in Māori gardens in the 1400s can be claimed by an archaeological research project on Ahuahu-Great Mercury Island.
Why Tongan has no word for human rights
8 April 2019
Opinion: Dr Melenaite Taumoefolau examines the gulf between modern and traditional Tongans and explains why the language has no term for human rights.
Using drama to connect with Auckland’s homeless
2 April 2019
Opinion: A new theatre production used drama and song to find common ground between Auckland “streeties” and the wider community, writes Professor Peter O’Connor.
Creativity a powerful healer after trauma
1 April 2019
The power of the creative arts to make us healthier and happier is being officially recognised with the launch of a national network this week.
Sounds like the same musical instrument Mozart played on
29 March 2019
A new virtual organ that arrived at the School of Music means students can access the sounds of the very same keyboard instrument that Mozart and his contemporaries once played on.
NZ media shows world high-quality coverage of Islam
28 March 2019
Opinion: NZ’s media is showing a different perspective of Islam to that usually seen in Western media, writes Professor Toni Bruce and teacher Farzana Noorzai.
Pacific poetry ping pong
26 March 2019
Nostalgia, resistance, injustice and love are the themes uniting a unique poetry and art collaboration between universities in New Zealand and Samoa.
Life and death during the Mongolian Bronze Age
20 March 2019
New research has shown that Bronze-Age Mongolians probably lived in small nomadic groups that had a relatively well-balanced diet and used horses for transportation.
Controversial royal figure inspires top fellowship
15 March 2019
Fascination with a controversial and extravagantly stylish French queen has earned University of Auckland art historian Erin Griffey a high honour in the academic world.
We need to talk about new ways of living
14 March 2019
Attendance at the first of the Fast Forward Lecture series which started this week suggests a growing appetite for more creative, communal and sustainable ways of living.