Exhibitions - Whakakitenga
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Puke Ariki is embarking on a journey of change as we refresh our long-term exhibition galleries and the first projects have been completed! Check out Kōkako: Te Kōrero o Tamanui/The Story of Tamanui  in Taranaki Naturally and discover the story of the last pure-bred Taranaki kōkako and the quest to bring this beautiful and rare native bird back to the region. Talk a walk down Memory Lane on Level Two in the Museum and compare New Plymouth street scenes from the late 1880s with the present day streetscape with our interactive time-machine!  Also on Level Two, you can see Red: A Collection Showcase - a display of diverse objects from the Puke Ariki Heritage Collection linked only by their colour. In 2013, Māori contemporary artists from around the country answered the Call of Taranaki, an exhibition which celebrated their connections to the region and the  magnetic pull of te mounga. A selection of the beautiful woven artworks created for the exhibition are now part of the Puke Ariki collection and some are on display in Takapou Whāriki.
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Another World: Portraits of Ōhura

6 September - 23 November 2014

These images by New Plymouth photographer Tony Carter capture a glimpse into the lives of the people who make up the small, isolated, rural community of Ōhura. Intimate, honest and direct, they are view into another world.

Precious Cargo

6 September - 23 November 2014

Tim Wigmore explores Māori waka huia (treasure boxes) and the relationship they hold with the items they contain. Wigmore worked with six renowned artists and craftspeople (Lyonel Grant, Veranoa Hetet, Graeme Priddle, Chris Weaver, Brian Flintoff and Nga Waiata) to identify a tool important to their work and create a beautiful container to house it.
The results are stunning works of art in their own right, not only to be experienced visually but by touch, smell and sound too.

Grounded: The Taranaki Artist Ephemera Project

14 June - 11 January 2015


Through a collection of sketches, doodles, tools, letters and photographs as well as catalogues and posters, Grounded: The Taranaki Artist Ephemera Project explores the art-making journey of nine of this region’ s leading artists Alby Carter, Dale Copeland, Anne Holliday, Paul Hutchinson, Graham Kirk, John McLean, Roger Morris, Marianne Muggeridge and Rae van’t Hof.