October 11, 2020
New whare home for old whare
A whare whakairo that has been in storage for more than half a century will take pride of place in Canterbury Museum’s proposed $195 million redevelopment.
Concept designs by Athfield Architects were released today showing a more exposure of heritage buildings as well as provide twenty-first century visitor facilities and extra space to meet the exhibition and storage needs of a modern museum.
Director Anthony Wright says the public has called for greater emphasis on Māori, Pasifika and multicultural exhibits.
The blue whale skeleton, which has been in storage for 26 years, will be back on display suspended in a new central full-height glass roofed atrium.
The atrium will also house Araiteuru, a new space which celebrates the importance of how mana whenua welcome people to the museum.
Puamiria Parata-Goodall, the chair of the museum’s Ōhākī o Ngā Tīpuna board, says as well as being a new contemporary whare, Araiteuru is the new home for Hau Te Ananui O Tangaroa, a carved house from Tokomaru Bay.
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