Nominate the next 'treasure'

17:24, Jan 29 2013
Peg Moorhouse at her home in Waikawa

Cultivating community spirit is important for generating a creative, vibrant and successful community, says Marlborough Museum chief executive Steve Austin.

Mr Austin was speaking about the aim of the Living Cultural Treasures programme set up by the museum to honour the people who have helped create a stronger community through their contribution to the cultural life of the region.

Nominations for the 2013 Living Cultural Treasure award close on Thursday.

Peg Moorhouse
Such a treasure: Textile artist Peg Moorhouse with the medal she received as the first Marlborough Living Cultural Treasure. Nominations are open to appoint more ‘‘treasures’’ next year.

To be eligible, people had to have inspired others through achieving a lifetime of excellence in their chosen field of cultural endeavour, Mr Austin said.

"There are extraordinary people who live in Marlborough and as a community it's great that we can recognise them," he said.

"It's time to recognise everybody who is a cultural treasure and have made the community a creative and vibrant one.


"Because that's what makes a community a community. A community is not just people living in the same area [sharing] streets and sewerage."

A committee set up by Marlborough Museum could appoint more than one Living Cultural Treasure from public nominations, but no more than 10 at any time.

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

The inaugural Living Cultural Treasure last year was 95-year-old weaver Peg Moorhouse, of Sunshine Bay in the Marlborough Sounds.

This year's award recipients will be announced next month at a special awards night.

The date is still to be confirmed.

Among the selection panel are Marlborough Mayor Alistair Sowman, community representative Jill Bunting, Mr Austin, museum ambassador Toni Gillan, museum chairman Dale Webb and vice-president Belinda Vavasour.

Nomination forms are available at The Marlborough Express office, Bookworld, Marlborough Museum, the Marlborough District Council and at HERE.

The Marlborough Express