Recognition for Kaiko¯ura museum
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.