8 May 2015

Mataura Museum wins national award

The Mataura Museum project, which transformed Clematis Cottage into a fun, interactive place to visit, has jointly won the Best Museum Project Award at this year's New Zealand Museum Awards.

In a year full of commemorations and celebrations, the Mataura project joined Air New Zealand 75 Years, WW1 projects by Toitū and Expressions, science explained at MOTAT, and Hawke's Bay social history on the podium at the awards.

Te Radar was this year's guest judge and MC of the celebration at Toitū Otago Settlers Museum. With 170 guests, 22 finalists, and 7 Awards, the dinner brought together museum professionals, exhibition designers, supporters and sponsors.

"I am inspired to visit more of Aotearoa's diverse museums and galleries after seeing the fantastic work they do presented in these awards", says Radar.

ServiceIQ, ITO for Museums, Tourism and other service sectors, has sponsored the 2015 Awards and introduced a new award for Visitor Experience.

ServiceIQ Chief Executive Dean Minchington says: "I'm delighted to present these awards, and celebrate the professionalism in this very exciting sector.

Museums Aotearoa Executive Director Phillipa Tocker says that this years awards are better than ever.

"The number of entries and their standard just keeps going up – with the bar getting higher every year, the Awards are becoming even more inspirational. And the best thing is that we can celebrate not only the winners, but all the fantastic work being presented nationally".

New Zealand Museum Awards 2015 (in alphabetical order by category)

Best Exhibition over $20,000
WINNER Air New Zealand, Workshop e & Te Papa
Air New Zealand 75 Years: Our Nation. The World. Connected

Best Exhibition under $20,000
WINNER MTG Hawke's Bay
Dr Felkin and the Forerunners: Visions of Utopia, 1900-1930

Best Museum Project
JOINT WINNER Mataura Museum
Reinventing the Mataura Museum
JOINT WINNER Toitu Otago Settlers Museum
Journey of the Otagos

ServiceIQ Best Museum Visitor Experience
WINNER Waihi Gold Discovery Centre

Most Innovative Public Programme
WINNER Expressions Art & Entertainment Centre
World War 1 Regimental Dinner

Most Innovative use of Te Reo Maori
Welcome to the Machine - Nau mai ki te Mihini

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