Art & Entertainment | Book Reviews | Education | Entertainment Video | Health | Lifestyle | Sport | Sport Video | Search


Exhibition On Kiwi Legend To Open At Museum

MEDIA RELEASE 24 October 2002

Exhibition On Kiwi Legend To Open At Auckland Museum

A landmark exhibition on our greatest living New Zealander, opens tonight at Auckland Museum (Thursday 24th October).

The exhibition, entitled “Sir Edmund Hillary: Everest and Beyond”, charts the extraordinary life of Sir Edmund Hillary, from his early days as an Auckland school boy and first forays into mountain climbing, to his ascent of Everest and extensive humanitarian work for the people of Nepal.

Organised in association with National Geographic Society’s Explorers Hall, the exhibition marks the 50th anniversary of the Everest ascent.

Highlights include: the never-before-seen ice-axe which saw Sir Edmund to the top of Everest; his tiny Kodak camera which took the famous summit shots, his Everest diary and a host of facsimilie Sherpa buildings including a school decorated with drawings and messages from Himalayan children, and a Sherpa kitchen complete with yak butter tea urns. Also on display is one of the Massey Ferguson tractors which Sir Edmund drove to the South Pole in the late 1950s.

“Sir Edmund Hillary: Everest and Beyond” will be opened by Dame Silvia Cartwright, Governor-General of New Zealand and is on display until 28 February 2003. It will then travel on to Washington where it will be exhibited at Explorers Hall in time for the 50th anniversary of the 1953 expedition on 29 May.


© Scoop Media

Culture Headlines | Health Headlines | Education Headlines

Howard Davis Article: A Musical Axis - Brahms, Wagner, Sibelius

Brahms' warm and exquisitely subtle Symphony No. 3 in F major, Wagner's irrepressibly sentimental symphonic poem Siegfried Idyll, and Sibelius' chilling and immensely challenging Violin Concerto in D minor exemplify distinct stages of development in a tangled and convoluted series of skirmishes that came to define subsequent disputes about the nature of post-Romantic orchestral writing well into the following century. More>>


Scoop Review Of Books: A Pale Ghost Writer

Reviewed by Ruth Brassington, Richard Flanagan's new novel is about a novelist hastily ghost-writing the biography of a crook about to go to trial. The reader is kept on a cliff-edge, as the narrator tries to get blood out of his stone man. More>>

Negotiations Begin: Equal Conditions For Men & Women In Professional Football

The trade union representing New Zealand's professional footballers has initiated bargaining for an agreement securing equal terms and conditions for men and women. If negotiated, it will be the first agreement of its kind in the world. More>>


New Zealand Wars Commemoration: Witi Ihimaera's Sleeps Standing Moetū

The second of several articles to mark Rā Maumahara, remembering the New Zealand Land Wars. The first was a Q&A with Vincent O’Malley, author of The Great War for New Zealand: Waikato 1800–2000. More>>


Howard Davis Review: Conflict & Resistance - Ria Hall's Rules of Engagement

From the aftermath of war through colonisation to her own personal convictions, Hall's new CD addresses current issues and social problems on multiple levels, confirming her position as a polemical and preeminent voice on the indigenous NZ music scene. More>>



  • Wellington
  • Christchurch
  • Auckland