To pp ex­hi­bi­tion at Te Man awa

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Lynda and Jools Topp are among New Zealand’s best-loved en­ter­tain­ers, and a new ex­hi­bi­tion de­vel­oped by Te Manawa, cel­e­brates the out­stand­ing con­tri­bu­tion these in­spir­ing women make to our na­tion’s so­cial, cul­tural and po­lit­i­cal land­scape. The Topp Twins: An Ex­hi­bi­tion for

New Zealand, now open, looks at 40 years of their play­ful, pow­er­ful and po­lit­i­cal cre­ative work that con­tin­ues to res­onate with a broad au­di­ence across gen­er­a­tional and po­lit­i­cal di­vides.

The pair has been ce­mented as Kiwi cul­tural touch­stones, says Te Manawa chief ex­ec­u­tive Andy Lowe.

‘‘It’s such a priv­i­lege for Te Manawa to have built an ex­hi­bi­tion that, through their story, tells our story,’’ he says.

‘‘This is a cel­e­bra­tion of the things that have shaped us as a na­tion and the spirit and val­ues of the things that unite us rather than di­vide us.’’

The Topp Twins have long cham­pi­oned the com­mu­ni­ties and causes near and dear to us, through en­dur­ing char­ac­ters such as Camp Mother and Camp Leader, the Ging­ham Sis­ters, Westie girls Ray­lene and Brenda, posh so­cialites Prue and Dilly or the Kiwi bloke and townie combo of Ken and Ken.

Sen­si­tive yet im­por­tant top­ics such as LBGT in­clu­sion, Bas­tion Point, fem­i­nism and Nu­clear Free have been clev­erly brought to our liv­ing rooms, all with a big dose of hu­mour and an ethos of fair­ness.

Some ma­te­rial at The Na­tional Ar­chives, ear­marked for in­clu­sion in the ex­hi­bi­tion, be­came un­avail­able due to the 2016 Kaik­oura earth­quake, but new orig­i­nal items have been lent to Te Manawa by the twins them­selves.

❚ The Topp Twins is open un­til Oc­to­ber 29. Ad­mis­sion is free for un­der 18 year-olds, $5 for adults. For more in­for­ma­tion on vis­it­ing Te Manawa go to te­m­anawa.co.nz.

The Topp Twins, Ken and Ken.

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