Trust Establishment

Puke Ariki Trust was established in 2006 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 negotiate the gifting and long-term loan to Puke Ariki of significant collection items including The Banks’ Florilegium and The Highgrove Florilegium.

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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 the region, ensuring they remain accessible to the Taranaki community now and in the future.

The 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. In this case, the taonga was secured thanks to the generous support of Te Papa.  

Puke Ariki Trust Scholarship

The Puke Ariki Trust Scholarship was established in 2013. It supports the studies of a postgraduate student researching Taranaki's social history. 

The scholarship is awarded annually and provides up to $5,000 to a student studying full time at postgraduate level at a New Zealand university.

Find out more about the scholarship.

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