New di­rec­tor for Pataka mu­seum

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He­len Ked­g­ley has been ap­pointed di­rec­tor of Pataka Mu­seum of Arts and Cul­ture, a new po­si­tion cre­ated fol­low­ing the de­par­ture of long-time Porirua City Coun­cil com­mu­nity ser­vices man­ager Darcy Ni­cholas.

Ms Ked­g­ley is a board mem­ber of Cre­ative New Zealand and is widely con­nected with the art com­mu­nity na­tion­ally and in­ter­na­tion­ally, says PCC chief ex­ec­u­tive Gary Simp­son. She has worked at Pataka for 14 years and has cu­rated more than 50 ex­hi­bi­tions of Maori, Pa­cific Is­land and con­tem­po­rary New Zealand art, many of which have toured na­tion­ally and in­ter­na­tion­ally in­clud­ing Toi Maori – The Eter­nal Thread, which toured the United States. ‘‘There was keen in­ter­est in the new role and He­len, who is cur­rently se­nior cu­ra­tor con­tem­po­rary arts, shone for the var­i­ous skills and tal­ents she brings,’’ Mr Simp­son said.

As a painter, Ms Ked­g­ley has taken part in many ex­hi­bi­tions in France, Eng­land, In­dia, and Zim­babwe. In­ter­na­tional mu­seum work in­cludes the Sci­ence Mu­seum, Ox­ford, Eng­land and The Na­tional Gallery of Zim­babwe.

‘‘The di­rec­tor of Pataka po­si­tion was es­tab­lished af­ter Darcy Ni­cholas . . . de­cided ear­lier in the year, to pur­sue his many and var­ied other in­ter­ests,’’ Mr Simp­son said.

‘‘I would like to thank him for the 20 years’ ser­vice he has given to Pataka and Porirua City and wish him the very best in his fu­ture en­deav­ours.’’

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