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New Museum of Waitangi joint winner - Service IQ 2016 New Zealand Museum Award

18 May 2016

New Museum of Waitangi joint winner - Service IQ 2016 New Zealand Museum Award

Waitangi Treaty Grounds CEO Greg McManus is

thrilled the new museum has won the Best Museum Project award: “It is
recognition of all the hard work by so many people to bring the museum to
reality and we are delighted to be the joint winner.”

The museum exterior features stunning masonry by
artist Carin Wilson. The stonework depicts a native forest landscape - putting
the trees that were present before construction of the new museum back onto the
site. If you look closely you can see figures behind some of the trees. These represent
the ancestors that once walked these lands. Seven bronze pou at
the entranceway to the museum (also designed by Carin Wilson) symbolise seven
core values – atanoho, kāinga, taonga, rangatiratanga, whakapono, rongo, and
whenua.

The museum ground floor is occupied by a
permanent exhibition Ko Waitangi Tēnei -This is Waitangi. The national
importance of the Waitangi story is told here through highly significant
treasures, some representing the personal and political exchanges between Maori
leaders and the British Crown. The Waitangi National Trust wanted the museum to
have a traditional feel but still deliver the cutting edge technology that
visitors expect. Technology was carefully selected to accommodate and encourage
new research on Waitangi.

Located on level 2 of the Museum of Waitangi is a
Learning Centre and modern exhibition space for temporary exhibition programmes.
This space opens the museum up to a range of opportunities - from working with
local artists, to housing nationally significant objects only available for
short-term loan.

The new museum enhances the overall Waitangi
experience – complementing the existing heritage buildings and attractions. Significant
treasures (taonga) associated with Waitangi were scattered throughout New
Zealand and around the world for more than 60 years. The climate-controlled and
secure building enables many of these treasures to return to the North and be
properly cared for in a modern, purpose-built environment and be easily
accessed by the communities from which they originated.


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