Top award for museum's 'toki' exhibition

The Te Hikoi Southern Journey museum in Riverton has gained national recognition at the annual museum awards.

The museum's Toki or Adze exhibition was selected as one of three finalists from 40 entries across the country in the Best Museum Activity Project category.

Despite missing out to a collaborative project between the Rotorua Museum and the Department of Conservation on the urban release of the New Zealand falcon, Te Hikoi Southern Journey manager Carole Power said it was a fantastic effort from the Southland attraction. "To be in the top three from all museums in New Zealand is a great feat for a small Southland museum."

The nomination was deserved recognition for the hard-working volunteers of the museum's heritage committee who set up the exhibition, Power said.

The museum's next exhibition will feature the work of photographer Maree Wilks from mid-April to June.

The Southland photojournalist accompanied the New Zealand World War II veterans to Cassino for their 60th anniversary of the Battle of Cassino in 2004 as their official photographer.

There would also be works from her second trip when she accompanied several family members of Southlander Victor Mason Spencer, who was executed for desertion in 1918, to Belgium and France, where he received his pardon, Power said.

The museum also had its permanent Anzac Cove exhibition covering World War I, she said.

Hawke's Bay both hosted and won this year's New Zealand Museum Awards last week.

The Museums Aotearoa Awards have been presented to celebrate individuals and organisations who achieve excellence in the museum and gallery sector in New Zealand annually since 2008.


The Southland Times