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 latest update can be found in the Taranaki Life gallery! Big Time: Taranaki's Oil and Gas Industry tells the story of oil and gas extraction in the region while providing a platform for debate. The display of some of the artworks created by  Māori contemporary artists from around the country who answered the Call of Taranaki in 2013 has also been changed in Takapou Whāriki. Also 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.   
on show

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.

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

The Honeyfields of Taranaki
26 March - 28 June, 2015


The Honeyfields of Taranaki can trace their origin to the decision of five of the 11 children of John and Hannah (nee Morgan) to emigrate to New Zealand in the 1850s from Gillingham in north Dorset. 

The exhibition is a fascinating look at the first Honeyfield settlers and their families.


Bringing It Home: Taranaki and World War One

Opens April 17, 2015

This exhibition tells of a province at war. The courage, the heartbreak, the humour and triumph of people at home and in battle. It casts new light on well-known heroes and uncovers little known stories. It traces the legacy of the war, showing how this global conflict touched local districts, communities, and whānau around the mountain.

This is their story. This is your story.

Motunui Epa
Late 2015

Five epa (wooden panels) smuggled out of New Zealand 40 years ago have been returned to Taranaki.

The Motunui panels will be on display in Puke Ariki Museum within the next six months.