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

Bringing It Home: Taranaki and World War One

On until 26 July 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.

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.

The Honeyfields of Taranaki
On until 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.


coming soon

Best In Show

18 July 2015 – 22 January 2016

Taranaki truly loves its dogs! More than 11,000 of them are registered in the New Plymouth district alone. What better way to celebrate our four-legged friends than by proudly displaying Puke Ariki’s canine collections?

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.