Exhibitions - Whakakitenga
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Puke Ariki's journey of change continues as we forge on with our plans to refresh our long-term exhibition galleries. There is to be a whole new area dedicated to our Mounga along with other exciting new displays in the Taranaki Naturally gallery - you may have noticed Meg the shark is swimming in a different direction in readiness! Watch out for the new displays appearing early next year. The Takapou Whāriki gallery has been updated and the amazing Motunui Epa are now on permanent display. An updated interactive from the Bringing It Home exhibition has been installed in the Taranaki Life gallery to ensure that the stories of the Taranaki men and women who lived through those dark days of war are accessible to all.
There are new developments with regards to the Kōkako: Te Kōrero o Tamanui/The Story of Tamanui project too with a beautiful children's book being launched and a new interactive display in Discover it! So come and check us out!
on show

Best In Show

18 July 2015 – 29 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

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

The Motunui panels are now on permanent display in the Takapou Whāriki Gallery at Puke Ariki Gallery.


coming soon

Sunlight - Ihi Kōmaru

12 December 2015 - 24 April 2016

Discover the secrets of the Sun in a fun new interactive exhibition for all ages, that shows how light has shaped the world around us. This exhibition brings new life to the story of sunlight through interactive games, challenges and dynamic multimedia.

Kuia Mau Moko

27 February - 10 April 2016

Kuia Mau Moko is an exhibition of 29 black-and-white photographs of Māori kuia who bore the indelible legacy of moko kauae - the tradition of incising and imbedding pigment into the skin on the chin of Māori women.