Sun­light exhibition wins na­tional award

The Tribune (NZ) - - NEWS -

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.

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