May 24, 2017
Rongowhakaata show sets standard for museums
Tairawhiti Museum's success in engaging and empowering Rongowhakaata for an exhibition of the tribe's treasures, Ko Rongowhakaata, has won it the exhibition excellence, taonga Maori section at last night's Museums New Zealand Awards.
The judges said they were inspired by the way the museum allowed expert voices within its community to be heard, the way the community claimed ownership of their taonga and their museum, and the open-hearted and supportive attitude of the museum team.
Auckland War Memorial Museum won the tohu for Most Innovative use of Te Reo Maori for its Mana Aoturoa programme which incorporates matauranga Maori elements and te reo Maori to engage children in the natural sciences.
The educators worked with experts at the museum to develop new language for scientific concepts and models of delivering content, based on collections.
The award for exhibition excellence in art when to Te Tuhi Gallery in Pakuranga for its ambitious Share/Cheat/Unite contemporary art show, with the runner up being the Lower Hutt Dowse Art Museum's survey of the work of carver Rangi Hetet and weaver Erenora Puketapu-Hetet.
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