Hon­our­ing Taranaki women

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From Taranaki surf­ing star Paige Hareb to te reo Ma¯ ori cham­pion Hana Te He­mara, NPDC’s Puke Ariki’s lat­est ex­hi­bi­tion hon­ours ex­tra­or­di­nary Taranaki women.

Hina: Cel­e­brat­ing Taranaki Women was cu­rated by Puke Ariki’s four fe­male her­itage cu­ra­tors and com­mem­o­rates the 125th an­niver­sary of women’s suf­frage. On Septem­ber, 19 1893 New Zealand be­came the first coun­try in the world in which all women had the right to vote in par­lia­men­tary elec­tions.

The ex­hi­bi­tion fea­tures the stories of 11 Taranaki women from all walks of life, from Taranaki’s early history to the present. Along­side these 11 stories are a se­lec­tion of women from the com­mu­nity who have re­sponded with their own per­sonal stories.

“Suf­frage 125 is a won­der­ful op­por­tu­nity to ex­plore the pos­i­tive progress New Zealand has made in women’s equal­ity and to cel­e­brate the di­ver­sity of ex­pe­ri­ences from women in our com­mu­nity,” says Puke Ariki man­ager Kelvin Day.

As part of the ex­hi­bi­tion Puke Ariki will host two events; the first is The Peace Project which will co­in­cide with Suf­frage 125 cel­e­bra­tions.

Vis­i­tors to the li­braries are in­vited to write mes­sages of peace and equal­ity on doves made from re­cy­cled milk bot­tles. All of these mes­sages will be in­cluded in artist Viv Davy’s in­stal­la­tion that will take shape on the Puke Ariki air bridge from Septem­ber 20. This in­stal­la­tion is in­spired by the work of fem­i­nist, paci­fist and en­vi­ron­men­tal­ist Elsie An­drews who is one of the 11 women fea­tured in the ex­hi­bi­tion.

Later in the year, his­to­rian and award-win­ning au­thor of A History of New Zealand Women, Bar­bara Brookes and the four Puke Ariki her­itage cu­ra­tors be­hind Hina will ex­plore the history of New Zealand women, through ob­jects and art­works from the mu­seum’s ex­ten­sive col­lec­tion. The pre­sen­ta­tion will en­cour­age see­ing New Zealand’s history through a fe­male lens, from the points of view of wives, daugh­ters, moth­ers, grand­moth­ers, sis­ters and aunts.

■ Hina is open now in the Lane Gallery and as well as the stories of the women there are a num­ber of do­nated arte­facts on dis­play in­clud­ing a surf­board from Hareb and a kete from Puke Ariki’s taonga ma¯ori col­lec­tion that was con­served by Rose Evans, one of the ex­hi­bi­tions re­spon­dents.

Taranaki surf­ing star Paige Hareb

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