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!  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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The Creatives

6 December 2014 – 29 March 2015

Tanya Marriot, Nick Keller and Sacha Lees are outstanding examples of creatives who have made their imagination work for them. All Weta Workshop affiliates, Lees and Marriott contributed to the success of the Lord of the Rings and Nick Keller to the Hobbit trilogy.  This show illustrates the fruits of their latest endeavours, from toy parrots to heavy metal album covers, the journey is a wild one.

Arcade: Homegrown Video Games
6 December 2014 – 29 March 2015

In an exhibition of striking visual effects, stunning digital art as well as still images, video and actual games to play Arcade celebrates the talents of New Zealand's visionary game designers. From Cletus Clay to Dungeon King, from hack and slash to butterfly play this exhibition showcases the work of our most talented and influential indie gaming artists.

Imagination Playground
6 December 2014 – 29 March 2015


Play, build and explore in this transformable bright blue environment filled with abstract shapes and infinite configurations. There is no end to what can be created; the only limit is the imagination!
Watch your kids overflow with originality at Puke Ariki this summer.

Dinosaur Footprints: A Story Of Discovery
17 January 2015 – 15 February 2015, Inglewood Library
16 February 2015 – 22 March 2015, Level 2, Puke Ariki Museum

There was a time when dinosaurs walked New Zealand and we have the dinosaur footprints to prove it!

The discovery of the first dinosaur footprints ever found in New Zealand and the first evidence of dinosaurs in the South Island has amazed scientists around the world.

Check out the footprints discovered in the sandstone rocks and see how you measure up against the touchable replica footprints!  

Grounded: The Taranaki Artist Ephemera Project

14 June 2014 - 11 February 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.

Guns & Glory
Open now

This display foreshadows Bringing It Home: Taranaki and World War One (opening on April 17) and explores the concept of prize-taking with a Taranaki trophy that came from the battlefields of Europe.

coming soon

Bringing It Home: Taranaki and World War One

Opens April 17, 2015

Researchers at Puke Ariki are appealing for help in piecing together information which could appear in the major exhibition planned for next summer - Bringing It Home: Taranaki and World War One.
The exhibition will focus on compelling stories of Taranaki people and their communities, and will bring to light stories from the home front as much as the battlefield.
Could you hold the vital information we are looking for?