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.