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puke ariki Trust
Puke Ariki Trust was established in 2006 in order to help secure additional funds for the development of Puke Ariki. Since its inception the Trust has assisted Puke Ariki to raise substantial funds through grants and donations. Most notably the Trust has supported the Common Ground exhibition series, the Swainson/Woods photographic project and the exhibitions It’s Not Just a Game: Whānau, Whakapapa, Whutupaoro and Surf: Shaping Taranaki. The Trust has also helped negotiated the gifting and long-term loan to Puke Ariki of significant collection items including The Banks’ Florilegium and The Highgrove Florilegium.  

Puke Ariki Trust Taranaki Collection Fund

In 2015 Puke Ariki Trust launched the Puke Ariki Trust Taranaki Collection Fund, which enables Puke Ariki to purchase artefacts and artworks of significant heritage value to the Taranaki region.  With only limited funds available for this purpose, Puke Ariki is currently poorly positioned to secure such objects, which typically become available at short notice.  The recently acquired Te Ātiawa canoe prow, one of only two of its kind in the world, is one example of a priceless taonga very nearly lost to Taranaki, due to lack of funds. In this case, the taonga was secured thanks to the generous support of Te Papa, such was its national significance. 

Puke Ariki Trust Scholarship

In 2013 it established the Puke Ariki Trust Scholarship, which supports a post graduate student with research based on Puke Ariki’s extensive heritage collections.  The inaugural scholarship was granted to Andrew Brown, PhD candidate at the Institute of Archaeology, University College London.

Donate or Find Out More

For more information about supporting the Puke Ariki Trust, please contact Trust Administrator Fiona Cayzer trust@pukeariki.com  or phone 06 759 6710.  Puke Ariki Trust is a registered charity  CC22907 and all donations are tax deductible. 

For more information about the Puke Ariki Trust Scholarship please contact Andrew Moffat, Heritage Collections Lead at Puke Ariki, andrew.moffat@npdc.govt.nz or phone (06) 759 0860..



THe Taranaki Collection fund

Launched in June 2015 by the Rt Hon Helen Clark ONZ, the Puke Ariki Trust Taranaki Collection Fund is designed to give Puke Ariki quick access to the resources required to purchase objects of cultural significance to region, ensuring they remain accessible to the Taranaki community now and in the future.


puke ariki trust scholarship
Applications for the Puke Ariki Trust annual scholarship, worth up to a maximum of $5000, are now being accepted! The award supports the studies of a postgraduate student whose research relates to Taranaki's social history and enriches the extensive heritage collections within Puke Ariki while adding to the body of knowledge relating specifically to the region.
In the first instance, applicants need to forward details of their research proposal and a CV to:
Andrew Moffat
Heritage Collections Lead/Pouarahi Tukuihotanga
Puke Ariki
Private Bage 2025
New Plymouth 
Applications close on 17 March, 2017.
Full terms and conditions are here - any queries can be directed to Andrew andrew.moffat@npdc.govt.nz or call (06) 759 0860.