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2010 Winner

Heritage Education and Interpretation Award

Nga Roimata o Takapuneke: Tears of Takapuneke

Entrant: Exhibition curated by Helen Brown, New Zealand Historic Places Trust in collaboration with Onuku Runanga, Akaroa Civic Trust and Akaroa Museum.

The Pouarahi of the New Zealand Historic Places Trust, Helen Brown, curated this exhibition in collaboration with Onuku Runanga, Akaroa Civic Trust and Akaroa Museum. Nga Roimata translated as ‘the tears’ and is a dual reference to both Nga Roimata, the daughter of Te Maiharanui and the deep sadness associated with Takapuneke where a series of tragic events unfolded in the 1830s that led to the deaths of Te Maiharanui, Nga Roimata, and many other Ngai Tahu people. The main component of the exhibition was a 20 metre photographic mural, a series of interpretation panels and an audio sound track. A display case holding the taonga – a mere pounamu from the Akaroa region – taken from the region 180 years beforehand, was at the heart of the exhibition.

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