Sar­jeant blessed for re­de­vel­op­ment

Whanganui Chronicle - - Front Page - Gaye Batty Gaye Batty is project di­rec­tor for the Sar­jeant re­de­vel­op­ment

The Sar­jeant Gallery has been blessed, and bless­ings given by mana whenua for the re­de­vel­op­ment project to move for­ward into the next phase. Mem­bers of Te Ru­nanga o Tu¯ poho, in­vited guests and gallery staff met early on Novem­ber 25 to bless the ex­te­rior and in­te­rior and sig­nal the path is open for work to be­gin.

The re­de­vel­op­ment in­volves re­fur­bish­ing and seis­mic strength­en­ing the 100-year-old build­ing and con­struct­ing a new wing to house new ex­hi­bi­tion spa­ces, a re­tail shop, cafe, ed­u­ca­tion stu­dio and a state-of-the-art stor­age space for the Sar­jeant Gallery’s na­tion­ally sig­nif­i­cant art col­lec­tion.

The ex­ten­sion will be named Te Pataka o Sir Archie John Te Atawhai Ta­iaroa, ded­i­cated to Sir Archie Ta­iaroa, who was a loved and re­spected kauma¯ tua and an in­spi­ra­tional leader of the Whanganui peo­ple.

Te Aranga de­sign prin­ci­ples have been used in the scop­ing and con­cept de­sign phases, en­abling Ma¯ ori val­ues to be in­te­grated into the de­sign process and im­proved aware­ness and en­gage­ment with mana whenua on this site of cul­tural sig­nif­i­cance.

De­rived from the 2006 Te Aranga Ma¯ ori Cul­tural Land­scapes Strat­egy, the de­sign prin­ci­ples were de­vel­oped with in­put from iwi around Aotearoa New Zealand in­clud­ing Whanganui/ Tu¯ poho¯ .

The prin­ci­ples in­clude recog­ni­tion and re­spect of iwi and hapu¯ as mana whenua, our nat­u­ral en­vi­ron­ment, environmen­tal health, cre­ative ex­pres­sion, and cul­tural land­scape.

The site oc­cu­pied by the Sar­jeant Gallery, Puke­namu Queen’s Park, is Whanganui City’s ma­jor high point on the right bank of the Whanganui River.

It has great his­tor­i­cal im­por­tance and high ar­chae­o­log­i­cal value, first as part of a for­ti­fied pa site known as Puke­namu, and later as re­serve land in the early town plan for Whanganui.

The site has cul­tural sig­nif­i­cance and his­tory to Te Ru­nanga o Tu¯ poho. A cul­tural im­pact as­sess­ment is in de­vel­op­ment so that fu­ture man­age­ment of the site can take cul­tural con­sid­er­a­tions prop­erly into ac­count and to in­form the ar­chae­o­log­i­cal process for the treat­ment of find­ings un­earthed on the site dur­ing the ex­ca­va­tion phase.

In keep­ing with the prin­ci­ples, a com­mu­ni­ca­tion pro­gramme is in de­vel­op­ment to en­sure en­gage­ment with Te Ru­nanga is ef­fec­tive through­out all phases of the re­de­vel­op­ment project.

Up­com­ing mat­ters for ko¯ rero dis­cus­sion in­clude the burial of a mauri stone, site mon­i­tor­ing dur­ing ex­ca­va­tion, de­sign and cre­ation of or­na­men­ta­tion and art­work for the ex­ten­sion wing, plan­ning and trans­fer of art­work from the cur­rent premises to the new gallery archive, and the open­ing event plan­ning.

More in­for­ma­tion on the is on the Sar­jeant Gallery web­site.

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About 30 peo­ple gath­ered for the bless­ing of the Sar­jeant Gallery re­de­vel­op­ment.

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