Sunlight exhibition wins national award
Te Manawa’s Sunlight Ihi Komaru exhibition was recognised at the National Museums awards last week.
Museum director Andy Lowe says the bilingual (Te Reo and English) exhibition attracted praise from science judge Dr Michelle Dickinson – also known as Nanogirl – who described it as ‘‘a beautiful exhibition, very hands on, stunning, delightful, and applied technical science to all age levels’’.
Andy says it is the first time Te Manawa has won an award, although it was a finalist for its 2011 museum upgrade.
Developed over two years at a cost of $300,000, Sunlight Ihi Komaru opened at Te Manawa last May and ran until September 2015.
‘‘ Sunlight Ihi Komaru was the result of a massive amount of imagination and dedication by Rohan Kidd, Andy Irving and the Te Manawa team, and the Te Reo – English presentation was thanks to Hone Morris.’’
The exhibition has recently been at Puke Ariki in New Plymouth where more than 41,000 people checked it out, including a large number of school students.
Sunlight Ihi Komaru and is now at the Rotorua Museum before going on to Waikato Museum.
Andy also announced that Te Manawa is to host the New Zealand National Museums conference in May next year.