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


Puke Ariki Hits The Million!

4 October 2004

Puke Ariki Hits The Million!

Were you Puke Ariki’s one millionth customer?

If you visited Puke Ariki on Monday 6 September between 2pm and 3pm, then you could well hold a very special place in the history of Taranaki’s award-winning facility. It was during that time that the millionth person went through Puke Ariki’s doors since it opened in June 2003.

Latest statistics show a grand total of 1,033,155 visitors from June 2003 until September 26 2004.

General manager Customer Services for New Plymouth District Council Barbara McKerrow is delighted with the numbers. “This is very exciting for everyone involved with Puke Ariki, as we have not only reached our visitor targets but have well and truly exceeded them.”

Puke Ariki, next to New Plymouth’s foreshore, is the world’s first fully-integrated purpose built museum, library and information centre. In a recent customer satisfaction survey conducted in August 2004, the overall satisfaction rating of Puke Ariki was 99%.

Sixty-six per cent of visitors were from New Plymouth District with 14% from the Taranaki region, 14% from throughout New Zealand and 6% from overseas. In December 2003, 18% of respondents were from overseas, showing December as a much stronger tourist month than August.

The ages of people with the highest recorded number of visits were 20-34 years and 65-69 years.

Respondents named Puke Ariki as their preferred choice of leisure activity with the foreshore and Coastal Walkway second, and shopping, retail, beaches, lakes and rivers third.

“In just over a year Puke Ariki has become an iconic visitor experience and a site that most people in Taranaki visit regularly,” says Mrs McKerrow.

“It sits well alongside the 8km Coastal Walkway and in close proximity to the Govett-Brewster Art Gallery – the premier contemporary art gallery in Australasia.

“Major facilities such as Puke Ariki prove that groundbreaking services can be developed outside the main centres of New Zealand, and that our country’s heritage and information facilities are as good as, if not better than, such facilities elsewhere in the world,” she says.


© Scoop Media

Culture Headlines | Health Headlines | Education Headlines


Howard Davis: Emerald Fennell's Promising Young Woman'

The Guardian needed not one, but three reviews to do justice to Fennell's unsettling approach, which indicates exactly how ambiguous and controversial its message really is. More>>

Howard Davis: Jill Trevelyan's Rita Angus

Although Angus has become one of Aotearoa’s best-loved painters, the story of her life remained little known and poorly understood before Jill Trevelyan's acclaimed and revelatory biography, which won the Non Fiction Award at the Montana New Zealand Book Awards in 2009, and has now been republished by Te Papa press. More>>

Howard Davis: The Back of the Painting

Painting conservators are the forensic pathologists of the art world. While they cannot bring their subjects back to life, they do provide fascinating insights into the precise circumstances of a painting's creation, its material authenticity, and constructive methodology. More>>

Howard Davis: Black Panthers on the Prowl

A passionate and gripping political drama from Shaka King, this is an informative and instructive tale of human frailty that centers around the charismatic Chicago Black Panther leader Fred Hampton, who was murdered at the age of twenty-one during a police raid. More>>

Howard Davis: Controlling the High Ground

Stephen Johnson's raw and angry film not only poses important questions with scrupulous authenticity, but also provides a timely reminder of the genocidal consequences of casual bigotry and xenophobia. More>>

Howard Davis: Dryzabone - Robert Conolly's The Dry

After the terrible devastation caused by last year’s bushfires, which prompted hundreds of Australians to shelter in the ocean to escape incineration and destroyed uncountable amounts of wildlife, The Dry has been released during a totally different kind of dry spell. More>>

Howard Davis: Hit the Road, Jack - Chloé Zhao's Nomadland

Nomadland is perhaps the ultimately 'road' movie as it follows a group of dispossessed and disenfranchised vagabonds who find a form of communal refuge in camp sites and trailer parks after the economic contraction of 2008. More>>



  • Wellington
  • Christchurch
  • Auckland