It’s Not Just A Game: whānau, whakapapa, whutupaoro.
27 August – 13 November 2011
Main Exhibition Gallery, North Wing, Puke Ariki
Rugby in Taranaki is about much more than what happens on the field. It’s about families and fans, mates and mana.
This exhibition captures the spirit of rugby in the region. The tales and taonga of tribal rugby are held in a contemporary whare in the gallery and visitors can also find period lounges, complete with wallpaper and couches from days gone by.
A clubroom starring stories of Taranaki All Blacks, a shearing shed and a rugby shower/locker room add to the memories. You can also tackle the virtual kicking game and test your knowledge with our rugby quiz.
The eight iwi around Mt Taranaki have a long history of battling it out on the rugby field and there are even accounts of fluid tribal boundaries to claim the best players.
It’s Not Just a Game is about whole communities turning out for Ranfurly Shield parades and the region mounting a Queen Carnival to raise funds to pay off Rugby Park. It’s also about families – generations of the same name appearing – and loyalty to tribes, clubs and communities.
Image: Manawapou supporters at a tribal rugby game, 19 August 1985. Photo courtesy of Taranaki Daily News Photo Archives.