May 09, 2018
Museums embrace Maori perspective
Changes in the ways museums are presenting taonga Maori will be highlighted at this month's ServiceIQ New Zealand Museum Awards.
Museums Aotearoa executive director Phillipa Tocker says this year's shortlist of 26 finalists in eight categories shows extraordinary breadth in projects and exhibitions.
She says while the Maori category was introduced five years ago to encourage use of te reo and Maori-themed activities, museums have learned to integrate things Maori into what they do.
"One of the finalists in this year's taonga Maori category is Otago Museum's new Tuhura Otago Community Trust science centre. They have woven matauranga Maori through the whole project in terms of how they are presenting science and that is fantastic to see," Ms Tocker says.
The awards will be presented at an event at Christchurch Art Gallery on May 20 as part of the Museums Aotearoa's Outside Insights conference.
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