Treasuring cultural locals

21:00, Nov 28 2012

It is time to consider and formally nominate people who have made an outstanding community contribution to the cultural life of Marlborough.

A committee set up by Marlborough Museum is looking to appoint at least one, and possible more, people as Living Cultural Treasures.

The inaugural recipient this year was 95-year-old weaver Peg Moorhouse, of Sunshine Bay in the Marlborough Sounds.

Museum ambassador Toni Gillan said cultural living treasures were extraordinary, inspiring and significant people who had been part of the region's cultural endeavour during their lifetime.

They could include social commentators, authors, musicians, conservators, entertainers, writers, food or wine experts, singers, poets, indigenous leaders, dancers, historians, broadcasters, artists, academics, and actors.

From public nominations, the committee may appoint more than one Living Cultural Treasure next year. The only restriction was to have no more than 10 at any time, Mrs Gillan said.


The recipients will be announced in February at a special awards night at the museum. The selection panel includes Marlborough Mayor Alistair Sowman, community representative Jill Bunting, museum ambassador Toni Gillan, museum chief executive Steve Austin, museum chairman Dale Webb and vice-president Belinda Vavasour.

The main aim is to honour and preserve the knowledge and skills of people in the region, and inspire younger generations.

Nomination forms are available at The Marlborough Express office, Bookworld, Marlborough Museum, the Marlborough District Council and at Nominations close January 31.