Local Govt | National News Video | Parliament Headlines | Politics Headlines | Search

 

Puke Ariki Nationally Recognised

9 December 2003
N E W S R E L E A S E


Puke Ariki Nationally Recognised for Making a Difference


An influential national magazine has singled out Puke Ariki for making a difference in New Zealand in 2003.

The latest edition of North & South magazine has its ‘Those who made a difference’ list for year, acknowledging “New Zealanders from all walks of life who stood tall and with grit, determination, innovation and energy made their mark”.

Coming in at number two is Puke Ariki, the world’s first fully integrated museum, library and visitor centre, which opened in New Plymouth on June 14.

Manager Puke Ariki Suzanne Porter says the accolade is immensely valuable.

“Here in Taranaki we’ve known how special and ground-breaking Puke Ariki is, and we’ve had a lot of interest from library and museum professionals in other countries who have been watching closely to see how we’re doing.

“I always thought that getting other New Zealanders to recognise the innovation of Puke Ariki was going to be the biggest task. Now we have one of the country’s most influential national publications saying that Puke Ariki has made a significant difference to New Zealand – this is independent endorsement that no amount of money could ever buy.”

The North & South article recaps the history of the Taranaki Museum and New Plymouth Public Library, and the effort it took to get Puke Ariki approved and built.

The magazine singles out the “prime movers behind the project” for getting the facility constructed: New Plymouth District Council general manager customer services Barbara McKerrow (then manager customer services), Puke Ariki researcher Ron Lambert (then director of the Taranaki Museum), and Deputy Mayor Lynn Bublitz.

North & South also refers to Puke Ariki being the first museum in the country where Maori stories are told by Maori, and describes the North Wing as a “striking piece of architecture”.

“With Te Papa setting the benchmark for museums, Puke Ariki is proof that they needn’t be the sole preserve of New Zealand’s big cities,” says the magazine.

The other New Zealanders to make the list are author Michael King for his Penguin History of New Zealand, author Lynley Hood for A City Possessed, film maker Niki Caro for Whale Rider, prison reformer and creator of the Good Man Project, Celia Lashlie, inventor of the amphibious sports car Aquada, Terry Roycroft, book editor Harriet Allan, coroner Ian Smith for his work on discussing youth suicide and euthanasia, and runner Adrian Blincoe for his success on the world stage.

-ends-

© Scoop Media

 
 
 
Parliament Headlines | Politics Headlines | Regional Headlines

Gordon Campbell: On Last Night’s Leaders Debate

Do political debates change voter intentions, and cause voters to switch sides? According to a 2019 Harvard Business School study conducted across 61 elections in nine countries involving 172,000 respondents, the answer would seem to be a resounding “No.” Political debates have little effect on voter behaviour, let alone on election outcomes. Crucially, the limited effect they do have does not involve a change in voters’ policy preferences... More>>

 

Government: More Border Exceptions For Critical Roles

The Government has established class exceptions for border entry for a limited number of veterinarians, deep sea fishing crew, as well as agricultural and horticultural machinery operators. “Tight border restrictions remain the backbone of the Government’s ... More>>

ALSO:

PM: Auckland At Bolstered Level 2, Rest Of Country Provisionally At Level 1

Pandemic alert levels for the whole country have been reviewed by Cabinet and Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern is announcing whether restrictions will be eased. More>>

ALSO:

Labour: Supporting Workers And Valuing Their Contribution

Making sure working New Zealanders are safe, healthy and that their contribution to the economy is valued is at the heart of Labour’s Workplace Relations Policy.
“This is Labour demonstrating its commitment to helping working New Zealanders by increasing sick leave, raising wages, protecting them while they are at work, growing jobs and investing in the economy,”... More>>

ALSO:

PREFU: Economy Doing Better Than Forecast

The Pre-election Economic and Fiscal Update released today shows that the near-term economic recovery has been stronger than the Treasury and many economists predicted at the May Budget, as the economy bounced back strongly out of lockdown... More>>

ALSO:


Electoral Commission: Candidate And Party Lists Released

17 registered political parties and 677 candidates will be contesting the 2020 General Election Nominations have now closed and the Electoral Commission has released the electorate and party list candidates for 2020 online at vote.nz . Advance voting ... More>>

National: Plan To Restore NZ’s Prosperity

National’s Economic and Fiscal Plan carefully balances the need to invest in infrastructure and core public services while also reducing tax pressure on Kiwi families and businesses. National Leader Judith Collins and Finance spokesperson Paul Goldsmith unveiled National’s ... More>>

ALSO:

NZ First: Party List

New Zealand First has a proven twenty-seven-year history of bringing balance and common sense to our government. Amid the continued setbacks of COVID-19 restrictions, New Zealand First has once again sustained its profile by selecting a strong team ... More>>

Election: Arriving Travellers In Isolation To Be Able To Vote By Telephone

Up to 5,000 people in managed isolation or quarantine will be able to vote by telephone in the general election and referendums after an amendment to electoral regulations last week. Chief Electoral Officer Alicia Wright says the Electoral Commission sought ... More>>

National: Investing In Our Children’s Future

A National Government will prioritise lifting achievement for all New Zealand children, no matter their background or ability, National Party Leader Judith Collins and National’s Education spokesperson Nicola Willis say. “Parents just want what’s best for ... More>>

 
 
 
 
 
 

LATEST HEADLINES

  • PARLIAMENT
  • POLITICS
  • REGIONAL
 


 

InfoPages News Channels