Exhibitions - Whakakitenga
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17 December 2011 - 19 March 2012

Level 2 Space, North Wing, Puke Ariki


Radio New Zealand's annual design competition has nearly reached the iconic status of Kiwiana that many of the wacky and wonderful designs it attracts draw from for their inspiration.

The idea of turning aspects of New Zealand life into radios came into being for a communications campaign back in 2009. The radios, which are created by the world-famous Weta Workshop, caught the public's imagination in a big way - so much so that in the spirit of letting New Zealanders say what they think, Radio New Zealand gave the public the chance to design their own in 2010.

The subsequent flood of entries proved that everyone has a take on what living in New Zealand and being a Kiwi is all about and so it was decided to run the competition again in 2011. This time budding designers were asked to dream up a radio  that captured any aspect of New Zealand cultutre from the last 100 years.

The two winning designs, Splitting the Atom and Gumboot, are on display in this exhibition, along with 13 highly commended entries. The exhibition also enables you to take an audio journey through the last 100 years of radio in New Zealand, hearing the broadcasts that helped shape a country’s identity.