Recog­ni­tion for Kaiko¯ura mu­seum

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Kaiko¯ura Mu­seum was recog­nised at this year’s Mu­se­ums Aotearoa Awards on May 20 as win­ner of the Ex­hi­bi­tion Ex­cel­lence – Sci­ence and Tech­nol­ogy cat­e­gory for New Nor­mal – The Kaiko¯ura Earth­quake ex­hi­bi­tion.

Mu­se­ums Aotearoa said the judges were unan­i­mous in con­firm­ing New Nor­mal as the win­ner.

They were im­pressed with what was achieved on a very small bud­get, the va­ri­ety and types of en­gage­ment so that it could reach a range of au­di­ences and com­bin­ing sci­ence with com­mu­nity sto­ries.

Danny Smith, Chair of the Kaiko¯ura His­tor­i­cal So­ci­ety, said ‘‘It is ab­so­lutely fan­tas­tic for our com­mu­nity mu­seum to re­ceive this pres­ti­gious award and a great ac­knowl­edge­ment of all the work that went into this ex­hi­bi­tion’’

Early in 2017 fund­ing was se­cured through the Lotteries earth­quake re­lief fund to cre­ate an ex­hi­bi­tion that would sup­port the physco-so­cial re­cov­ery of the Kaiko¯ura com­mu­nity through par­tic­i­pa­tion, learn­ing op­por­tu­ni­ties and in­creased aware­ness.

Mu­seum Man­ager, Stephanie Lange said this ex­hi­bi­tion was al­ways about the Kaiko¯ura com­mu­nity and this award recog­nises that.

‘‘This was a truly col­lab­o­ra­tive project that the whole com­mu­nity was in­vited to par­tic­i­pate in.

‘‘Where at all pos­si­ble we en­gaged lo­cal talent to work with us on this project, as it was im­por­tant that we sup­ported the Kaiko¯ura econ­omy af­ter such a chal­leng­ing year, and also that we had peo­ple who had em­pa­thy and un­der­stood the con­tent themes.

‘‘The re­sult is an out­stand­ing ex­hi­bi­tion that in­forms, en­gages, ed­u­cates, chal­lenges and en­ter­tains.’’

Lange said that by us­ing both hi-tech and tra­di­tional story telling forms brought to­gether the sci­en­tific and hu­man ele­ments of this event were brought to­gether and used as a ba­sis to explore and ex­plain the new nor­mal for our peo­ple as well as the land­scape.

‘‘We were gen­uinely sur- prised to re­ceive the award but are com­pletely chuffed that we did. ‘‘This award is for Kaiko¯ura.’’ Mu­seum con­sul­tants Pear­son and As­so­ciates were en­gaged to help de­velop the ex­hi­bi­tion.

Pear­son and as­so­ciates were the de­sign­ers of the new mu­seum and were still do­ing fin­ish­ing touches to get ready for the re­open­ing at the time of the 7.8 earth­quake so are very much part of the Mu­seum’s earth­quake story.

The ex­hi­bi­tion is on un­til the end of year at Kaiko¯ura Mu­seum.


The mu­seum team ac­cept­ing the award, from left, Glen­nis Cald­well, Stephanie Lange, Te Awhina Ara­hanga, Rick Pear­son.

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