Kiwi Chicks: New Zealand Girl History

 


Kiwi Chicks: New Zealand Girl History/Ngā Kōhine Kiwi: He Hitori Taitamāhine o Aotearoa
 is a collections-driven exhibition project that explores girlhood in New Zealand during the 18th-20th centuries co-produced by Girl Museum and National Services Te Paerangi.

In order to preserve NZ girl culture, this project aims to identify ‘girlhood’ objects in New Zealand museums, libraries, archives, schools, historical societies, and art galleries, and then create an exciting exhibition that informs and inspires girls of today with the stories, achievements and struggles of yesterday’s girls, as well as reaching a general audience.

‘Kiwi Chicks’ is a collections-driven exhibition project that explores girlhood in New Zealand during the 18th-20th centuries co-produced by Girl Museum and National Services Te Paerangi. In order to preserve NZ girl culture, this project aims to identify ‘girlhood’ objects in New Zealand museums, libraries, archives, schools, historical societies, and art galleries, and then create an exciting exhibition that informs and inspires girls of today with the stories, achievements and struggles of yesterday’s girls, as well as reaching a general audience.

Project Goals

  • Empower NZ girls with knowledge of their own histories
  • Establish a continually growing online exhibition
  • Create a collaborative online community
  • Provide a public research & educational database platform
  • Enable museums to look at their collections in a new way
  • Provide incentive to digitize new objects to share with others

Have a look at the objects in the ‘Kiwi Chicks’ collection.


1930 British Empire Games Participation Medal; Klein and Blinkley Jewelers; 1930
Brittany and Johanna Cosgrove wearing MastectoTee t-shirts from the NopeSisters Clothing line; A1 Embroidery and Screenprint Ltd; 2016
NOPE tee from the NopeSisters Fashion Line, 2017; A1 Embroidery and Screenprint Ltd; 2017
Evening gown ensemble, Miss Universe; Dawn McGowan; 1983
Miss Universe Trophy; Unknown
Lorraine Downes, Miss New Zealand 1983 at the Miss Universe 1983 pageant; Unknown; Circa 1983
Outside of Hadny 5 with Owner and Designer, Isabel Hadworth; Unknown; Circa 1964
Evening Gown with Sequin Zigzag Bodice; Kevin Berkahn; Circa 1980s
Lectern; 2014-015-001
[Young Indian girl in a flying boat] ; Wilson and Horton Limited; [1950s]; 02/049/167
Image showing stewardess Mary Best, courtesy of Best family.
[Jean Batten at the opening ceremony for MOTAT's Pioneers of Aviation building]; Unknown Photographer; 2 April 1977; 03-742
[Documents relating to the career of air stewardess Judy Everard]; 1940-1960; MSS-2018-13
G-ADPR aircraft log book; The Shuttleworth Collection of Old Warden Aerodrome (estab. 1944); Hunting Percival Aircraft Limited; Great Britain. Royal Air Force; Jean Batten (New Zealand, b.1909, d.1982); Air Ministry (England, estab. 1918, closed 1964); 11 Sep 1935-02 Oct 1994; MSS-2017-22.26
[Jean Batten in front of Percival Gull G-ADPR at Hatfield Aerodrome, England]; Unknown Photographer; [1935-1936]; PHO-0192-1.29
Roller skates; HHT A 10.1
Doll; Celluloid
Bride on the Suffragette Steps; Gerald Shacklock; 19th January 2008; GM-KC-0015.A
Badge: Wellington Girls College Athletics ; c1952; 2017.36.79
Badge: Wellington College Old Girls Cricket Club, 1936-37 ; c1936; 2017.36.76
TEAL Stewardesses; Unknown Photographer; 19 Aug 1946; 15-0139
Air New Zealand promotional photograph; Unknown Photographer; 1966; 14-6121
Air New Zealand promotional photograph; Unknown Photographer; 1966; 14-6115
Air New Zealand promotional photograph; Unknown Photographer; 1966; 14-6113
Uniform Jacket [Silver Star Rail Service]; New Zealand Rail; 2016.102.7
Uniform Tunic [Silver Fern Rail Service]; New Zealand Rail; 2016.102.6
Uniform Dress [Silver Fern Rail Service]; New Zealand Rail; 2016.102.5
Uniform Blouse [Silver Fern Rail Service]; New Zealand Rail; 2016.102.4
Handbag [NAC]; So Obviously Rex (estab. 1940s, closed 1981); National Airways Corporation (New Zealand, estab. 1947, closed 1978); 1956-1970; 2013.308.1
Neck Scarf [National Airways Corporation]; National Airways Corporation (New Zealand, estab. 1947, closed 1978); Eskay Limited (New Zealand, estab. Circa 2003); 2007.59
Uniform Skirt [Tasman Empire Airways Limited]; David Jones Limited (Australia, estab. 1838); Tasman Empire Airways Limited (New Zealand, estab. 1940, closed 1965); 1950-1957; 2004.448
Uniform Skirt [Tasman Empire Airways Limited]; David Jones Limited (Australia, estab. 1838); Tasman Empire Airways Limited (New Zealand, estab. 1940, closed 1965); 1949-1956; 2004.447
Uniform Jacket [Tasman Empire Airways Limited]; David Jones Limited (Australia, estab. 1838); Tasman Empire Airways Limited (New Zealand, estab. 1940, closed 1965); Payne Tailors; 1950-1957; 2004.445
Uniform Dress and Belt [Tasman Empire Airways Limited]; Tasman Empire Airways Limited (New Zealand, estab. 1940, closed 1965); Zenski (New Zealand); 1950-1961; 2004.443
Uniform Jacket [Tasman Empire Airways Limited]; David Jones Limited (Australia, estab. 1838); Tasman Empire Airways Limited (New Zealand, estab. 1940, closed 1965); 1949-1956; 2004.439
Uniform Smock [National Airways Corporation]; National Airways Corporation (New Zealand, estab. 1947, closed 1978); 1998.15
Bernice Shackleton, Q.S.M.; Waimate Advertiser; 25/8/1984; WA439
Trophy [Blind Flying Trophy]; Women's International Association of Aeronautics (estab. 1929); Asprey and Company Limited (England, estab. 1781); 1936; 2007.54
Bust [Jean Batten]; Marshall Watt; 1988; 2006.62
Sculpture [Head of Jean Batten]; 2005.23
Badge [NCA]; 1935; 2003.532
Autograph [Jean Batten]; Jean Batten (New Zealand, b.1909, d.1982); 1936; 2003.512
Bust [Jean Batten]; Marshall Watt; 1989; 2003.496
Uniform Satchel [Air New Zealand]; Barbara Lee (estab. 1968), Air New Zealand Limited (New Zealand, estab. 1965), Koru Collection (New Zealand); 1992-2005; 2016.35.28
Uniform Dress [National Airways Corporation]; National Airways Corporation (New Zealand, estab. 1947, closed 1978), Holeproof New Zealand Limited; 1976-1978; 2016.35.26
Uniform Dress [National Airways Corporation]; National Airways Corporation (New Zealand, estab. 1947, closed 1978); 1970-1976; 2016.35.25
Uniform Dress [National Airways Corporation]; National Airways Corporation (New Zealand, estab. 1947, closed 1978); 1970-1976; 2016.35.24
Uniform Dress [National Airways Corporation]; National Airways Corporation (New Zealand, estab. 1947, closed 1978); 1970-1976; 2016.35.23
Uniform Dress [National Airways Corporation]; National Airways Corporation (New Zealand, estab. 1947, closed 1978); 1970-1976; 2016.35.22
Uniform Jacket [National Airways Corporation]; National Airways Corporation (New Zealand, estab. 1947, closed 1978); 1970-1976; 2016.35.21
Uniform Jacket [National Airways Corporation]; National Airways Corporation (New Zealand, estab. 1947, closed 1978); 1970-1976; 2016.35.20
Uniform Scarf [National Airways Corporation]; National Airways Corporation (New Zealand, estab. 1947, closed 1978); 1976-1978; 2016.35.18
Uniform Hat [National Airways Corporation]; National Airways Corporation (New Zealand, estab. 1947, closed 1978), Arnold; 1970-1976; 2016.35.3
Uniform Hat [National Airways Corporation]; National Airways Corporation (New Zealand, estab. 1947, closed 1978), Arnold; 1970-1976; 2016.35.2
Medal [Norge Jean Batten]; Jakob Tostrup Prytz (Norway); 1939; 2012.471
Badge [Jean Batten LIA]; 2012.468
Drawstring Bag [TEAL]; Tasman Empire Airways Limited (New Zealand, estab. 1940, closed 1965); 2004.512
Uniform Handbag [TEAL]; American Handbags Limited, Tasman Empire Airways Limited (New Zealand, estab. 1940, closed 1965); 2004.488
Uniform Purse (TEAL); Tasman Empire Airways Limited (New Zealand, estab. 1940, closed 1965); 2004.487
NAC hostess; Mannering and Associates Limited; 30 Aug 1966; 08/117/2152
[Hostess and girl serving sweets]; Mannering and Associates Limited; 08/117/234
Letter to Santa, 1918; Gibson, Gladys; 1918; 2003-097-001/2
Letters to Santa, 1918; Gibson, Bella; 1918; 2003-097-001/1
Dr Margaret Cruickshank: WWI Patriotic Fundraising  Carnival Queen, Waimate, 1915.; 1915; 2002-1026-00642
Uniform Jacket [NAC]; National Airways Corporation (New Zealand, estab. 1947, closed 1978); 2013.275.2
Motorcycle [Honda 50 Scooter]; Honda Motor Company Ltd (Japan, estab. 1948); 1971; 2006.328
Sister Catherine Anne Fox; Unknown; c. 1914-1915; 2002-1026-06103
Bedspread made for Red Cross during WWI; Elliott, Lillian (Lily) nee Cuthbertson; 1917; 1993-006-0001
Dance troupe; Unidentified; 1930s; 13-2250
Young girl dressed in costume; Unidentified; 1933; 13-2216
Embassy Theatre; J G McGuire; 1930s; 13-2145
Girl standing on garden path; Unidentified; 1930s; 13-2127
Young girl standing in bird aviary; Unidentified; 1930s; 13-2099
Gloves: Pearl Savin's batting gloves; 1935; TMPACC.14.01.02
Cabinet Photograph [Ethel Jane Black nee Kemp]; Hemus & Hanna; Early 20th century; XKH.3561.1
Photograph [Rita Matthews]; Benjamin Shatford Cox; XKH.3638
Photograph [Jean Annabella Faulkner]; C. J. Ellerbeck; Early 20th century; XKH.3641
Photograph [Eleanor Norris]; County of Gloucester Studio; XKH.2006.61
Photograph [Jane Williams, nee Davis]; Hemus & Hanna; XKH.2006.33
Photograph [Eva Williams]; R. H. Bartlett; XKH.860.50
Photograph [Eva Matthews]; G. Redfern; XKH.860.46
Photograph [Emma Williams]; R. H. Bartlett; XKH.860.44
Photograph [Ellen Williams]; R. H. Bartlett; XKH.860.43
Photograph [Ada Williams]; R. H. Bartlett; XKH.860.42
Photograph [Kathleen Davies]; G. Redfern; XKH.860.27
Photograph [Annie Branch]; Clarke Brothers; XKH.860.15
Photograph [Maria Herehere]; G. A. Kelley; XKH.860.14
Photograph [Dwillis Kemp]; c. 1939-1945; XKH.3249
Book, 'The Girls' Own Annual'; William Clowes & Son Ltd.; 1896; XKH.707
Knitting Pattern; 19th century; XKH.1940.1
Book, 'Woman, with other Poems'; Robert Montgomery (1807-1855), T. C. Savill; 1841; XKH.580
Book, 'The Child's Guide to Knowledge'; Simpkin, Marshall, Hamilton, Kent & Co. Ltd.; XKH.640
Postcard [To Dory May, From S. J. May]; Edith Preen; 24 April 1908; XKH.1846.72
Magazine, 'The Needlewoman'; George Newman Ltd., McCorquodale & Company Ltd; November 1937; XKH.1836.9
Magazine, 'The Needlewoman'; George Newman Ltd., McCorquodale & Company Ltd; October 1936; XKH.1836.3
Magazine, 'Stitchcraft Magazine', No. 57; Conde Nast Ltd.; 28 May 1937; XKH.1835.2
Photograph; c. 1904; XKH.886
Ascot Racing Game; Jaques & Son; c1900; KMBS 0691.1
Photograph [Young girl]; XCH.1160
Photograph; Early 20th century; XCH.1147
Commemorative certificate [Coronation of King Edward VII]; Government of New Zealand; 1902; XCH.1659
Book, 'A Child's Garden of Verses'; Robert Louis Stevenson (1850-1894); XCH.1649
Book, 'A Child's History of England'; Charles Dickens (1812-1870); XCH.933
Photograph [Young girl dressed as an angel]; Late 19th century; XCH.1790
Photograph; XCH.1589
Photograph; c. 1900-1920; XCH.1586
Photograph; c. 1900-1920; XCH.1582
Photograph; c. 1890-1910; XCH.1560
Photograph [Kitty Flood]; c. 1905-1915; XCH.1575
Photograph [Clendon House]; 1900-1910; XCH.1558
Photograph; 1900-1910; XCH.1555
Carte de visite; E. R. Coxhead; XCH.1516
Photograph; c. 1920s-1940s; XCH.1368
Photograph; c. 1920s-1940s; XCH.1367
Photograph; c. 1920s-1940s; XCH.1310
Photograph; Gaze & Co.; c. 1910-1930s; XCH.1227
Photograph; c. 1898; XCH.1222
Cabinet photograph; F. W. Edwards; XCH.1186
Photograph; XCH.1185
Photograph [Margaret Flood and baby]; c. 1910; XCH.1573
Photograph [Margaret Flood and baby]; c. 1910; XCH.1572
Photograph [Margaret Flood and baby]; c. 1910; XCH.1571
Photograph [Margaret Flood]; c. 1910; XCH.1570
Photograph [Margaret Flood]; c. 1900-1910; XCH.1569
Photograph [Margaret Flood]; c. 1900-1910; XCH.1568
Photograph [Mary Flood]; c. 1900-1910; XCH.1557
Photograph [Mary Flood]; c. 1900-1910; XCH.1556
Photograph [Margaret flood, Kate Clendon and Kitty Flood]; c. 1900-1910; XCH.1554
Photograph [Margaret and Mary Flood]; Early 20th century; XCH.1208
Photograph [Marion Millar]; Schmidt Studios; c. 1910; XCH.1473
Book, "Good Things Made, Said and Done, for Every Home and Household'; Goodall, Backhouse & Co.; 1880; XCH.260
Photograph [Edith Clendon]; XCH.1056
Photograph [Edith Clendon]; XCH.1055
Book, 'The Changing Year being Poems and Pictures of Life and Nature'; Cassell & Co. Ltd. (estab. 1847); 1882; XCH.958
Certificate [Frances Louisa Clendon]; Hokianga Horticultural Show; 27 December 1886; XCH.1744
Carte de visite; XCH.1505
Scrap album; Clara Webster (nee Clendon) (1866-1889); c. 1880s; XCH.771
Hymnal, 'Hymns, Ancient and Modern for the use in the Services of the Church'; William Clowes and Sons Ltd.; XCH.288
Book, 'The Roman History from the Foundation of Rome to the Battle of Actium: That is, to the End of the Commonwealth Volume II'; Charles Rollin (1661-1741); 1740; XCH.281
Book, 'My Friends and Acquaintances: Being Memorials, Mind-Portraits, and Personal Recollections of Deceased Celebrities of the Nineteenth Century: Volume Three'; P. G. Patmore; 1854; XCH.278
Book, 'My Friends and Acquaintances: Being Memorials, Mind-Portraits, and Personal Recollections of Deceased Celebrities of the Nineteenth Century: Volume Two'; P. G. Patmore; 1854; XCH.277
Book, 'My Friends and Acquaintances: Being Memorials, Mind-Portraits, and Personal Recollections of Deceased Celebrities of the Nineteenth Century: Volume One'; P. G. Patmore; 1854; XCH.276
Book, 'The Poetical Works of Henry W. Longfellow'; Henry Wadsworth Longfellow (1807-1882), William M. Rossetti (1829-1919)
Book, 'The Illustrated English Reader: Fifth Book'; Williams Collins, Sons & Co. Ltd. (estab. 1819); 1877; XCH.267
Book, 'My Poetry Book'; Religious Tract Society (estab. 1799); XCH.263
Painting, Untitled [Clara Emily Clendon]; 'Allport'; XCH.206
Photograph [Jane Clendon holding a baby]; 1856-1872; XCH.203
Upright piano; John Brinsmead & Sons Ltd. (estab. 1836, closed 1920); c. 1880; XCH.198
Floral spray; XEC.63.3
Shoes; XEC.63.2
Wedding gown; XCH.63.1
Painting, Untitled [Woman in Georgian dress]; XCH.41.2
Miniature chair; XHH.2774.59.5
Riding Crop; XHH.3441
Necklace with locket; XEC.1739
1991 Helen Thomas Rover Trophy
Purse; Sarah Hawkins (1782-1832); c. 1790; XEC.1756
Rattle, whistle and teething stick; c. 17th century; XEC.400
Cup and ball; Early 19th century; XEC.782
Book, 'A History of Germany'; Mrs Markham (1780-1837); 1847; XEC.3939.1
Book, 'Unknown to History: A Story of the Captivity of Mary of Scotland'; Charlotte Yonge (1823-1901), William John Hennessy (1839-1917); 1898; XEC.3268
Book, 'The Little Duke Richard the Fearless'; Charlotte Yonge (1823-1901); 1900; XEC.3267
Book, 'Countess Kate and the Stokesley Secret'; Charlotte Yonge (1823-1901); 1896; XEC.3264
Book, 'The Poetical Works of William Cowper Esq. and Memoir of the Author'; William Cowper (1731-1800), G. Standfast; XEC.3224
Book, 'Margaret Percival'; Elizabeth Sewell (1815-1906), William Sewell (1804-1874); 1847; XEC.2611.2
Doll cradle; XEC.257
Photograph [Lush Family, 1881]; Mr Weston; 1881; XEC.170
Book, 'Little Downy, or the History of a Field Mouse'; Catherine Strickland Traill (1802-1899), Susanna Moodie (1803-1885); c. 1822; XEC2939
Cabinet photograph [at the Thames. Anne Lush and Coney's]; XEC.5295.32
Carte de visite [Annette Lush]; Foy Bros; c. 1870s; XEC.5293.7.1
Carte de visite [Annette Lush]; Foy Bros; c. 1876; XEC.5293.6.4
Book, 'Nelly Nowlan and Other Stories'; Anna Maria Hall (1800-1881); 1872; XEC.3978
Book, 'Aunt Sally's Life'; Mrs A. Gatty [Julia Horatia Ewing] (1841-1885); 1865; XEC.3293
Painting, Untitled [Faringdon Church]; Anne Ruddock (nee Lush); 1878; XEC.56
Book, 'Consolations in Travel, or, The last Days of a Philosopher'; Sir Humphrey Davy (1778-1829); 1851; XEC.3189
Pin holder; Payton & Iles; 1851; XEC.538
Carte de visite [Edith Lush]; Pre 1876; XEC.5293.7.3
Carte de visite [Vicesimus Lush and Edith Lush]; c. 1870s; XEC.5293.2.2
Carte de visite; Post 1876; XEC.5288.9
Carte de visite [Edith Lush]; 1863; XEC.5288.7

To find out more, click on an object above.

Girls of Significance | Kōhine tāpua

Suffrage 125 on Kiwi Chicks: New Zealand Girl History | Ngā Kōhine Kiwi: He Hītori Taitamāhine o Aotearoa

As part of 2018’s Suffrage 125 Commemorations, Girl Museum and National Services Te Paerangi asked for shared collection objects and stories with a focus on girls of significance through the Kiwi Chicks: New Zealand Girl History | Ngā Kōhine Kiwi: He Hītori Taitamāhine o Aotearoa online exhibition. 

We were looking for items with a connection to particular individuals that tells their story to our community. This also incorporated pieces that wouldn’t necessarily be found in an archive. We wanted objects used by girls, about girls, girl history and girl material culture. Say if you had the school journal of Helen Clark or a cricket bat that belonged to Emily Drumm, examples from the Scout or Girl Guide community, influential girls belonging to your iwi or who attended your school, or from immigrant backgrounds. Participants tagged material related to this project with #suffrage125, and shared deeper interpretation through the Kiwi Chicks blog.

Where to next?

Where to next?

Being involved in a project celebrating such an important event as the 125th anniversary of Suffrage being given to the women of New Zealand has been inspiring. It is incredible that 125 years ago, New Zealand women successfully fought for the right to vote and made...

Lorraine Downes: New Zealand’s Miss Universe

Lorraine Downes: New Zealand’s Miss Universe

“I feel like a princess.” Lorraine Downes, Miss New Zealand 1983 at the Miss Universe 1983 pageant via Te Papa Tongarewa. Lorraine was 19. The year was 1983. The Prince and Princess of Wales visited with Prince William, Dave Dobbyn had won Male Vocalist of the year at...

Pearl in White

Pearl in White

Pearl Savin’s Batting Gloves, Christchurch, 1935. Image sourced via the New Zealand Cricket Museum, Pearl Savin Collection. Since 1910, the number of New Zealand women becoming interested and involved in cricket has steadily...

Margaret Cruickshank: The Beloved Physician

Margaret Cruickshank: The Beloved Physician

In the 1890s, New Zealand schools made progress towards equality by allowing young New Zealand women to have access to scientific areas of study. This, in itself, led to the rise in interest and further academic study in the sciences. Waimate Museum and Archives has...

The Jones Collection of Children’s Clothes

The Jones Collection of Children’s Clothes

Girl’s dress, CT08.4822.34, From the collection of Owaka Museum Wahi Kahuika. The Jones family baby and toddler clothes in the Owaka Museum collection date to the 1950s and 60s and were worn by three daughters, Pamela, Zelda and Vicki.  A number of...

Poems from the Birthday Book

Poems from the Birthday Book

Jessie Kirkness' Birthday Book In order to illuminate more of the fascinating stories within the Birthday book brought to New Zealand by jessie Kirkness, we have included some of the writing and poetry below. All of the spelling is original, so there are a few...

The Birthday Book

The Birthday Book

Forfarshire at dock in Dundee, Scotland. Without correspondence or diaries it is very hard to imagine how a twelve-week sea voyage in 1883 would appear to an eleven year old girl embarking from the Orkney Islands to a new life in the colony of New Zealand. We are...

Best Dress

Best Dress

Child’s Dress, Te Papa Tongarewa, Gift of Shelley Venimore (née O’Brien), 2011. The new Kiwi Chicks exhibition has provided the opportunity to show off some of Te Papa’s childhood collection, in many cases for the first time. There are some real gems crying out to be...

Kiwi Chicks Inspire New Zealand

Kiwi Chicks Inspire New Zealand

'Bride on the Suffragette Steps', Khartoum Place, Auckland Central, 19th January 2008. Photographer: Gerald Shacklock. As unique as kiwis are to this land, so are the girls who have grown up here. Aotearoa New Zealand has a rich history of experiences for girls and...

It’s easy. Here’s how you get started.

  • Create an account on eHive, and then join the Kiwi Chicks eHive community.
  • Add objects into your online collection.
  • Now select objects to include in the Kiwi Chicks community in one click.
  • You can contribute up to 200 objects for free, more with paid accounts.
  • Kiwi Chicks will showcase all types of objects from New Zealand girl history. 
  • We want objects used by girls, for girls, about girls, and girl material culture, including found objects, photographs, fine art, clothing, and ephemera.
  • Choose the objects in your collection to contribute
  • Finalise the content you’d like to share about these objects
  • Select or create digital images for the objects
  • Ensure that you have copyright clearance to publish the objects and images
  • Upload your records in bulk or create them online in eHive
Resources

There are not many books or articles about children’s lives in New Zealand, especially girls. Below are a few we have found, as well as some links to other sites of interest.

If you know of any resources that should be included, please send them to us.

Dear Dot by Keith Scott

Collecting kids’ stuff: in search of the history of childhood in New Zealand museums by Lynette Townsend

History of Children’s Play in New Zealand

Girl Guiding History

Denniston Rose by Jenny Pattrick

Children from the Lighthouse by Mabel Pollock

Credits

We want to thank all of the organisations participating in the ‘Kiwi Chicks’ exhibition project since its beginning in 2012.

Girl Museum
Girl Museum is the first and ONLY museum in the world dedicated to the celebration of girlhood. It is a virtual space for research, exhibitions and education centered wholly on the subject of being a girl. We explore and document the unique experience of growing up female through historic and contemporary images, stories and material culture. Our primary focus is research, exhibitions and collaboration.

Te Papa Tongarewa
Te Papa is New Zealand’s bold and innovative national museum and a recognised world leader in interactive and visitor-focused museum experiences. New Zealand’s geology and natural environment and the stories of New Zealand’s indigenous people, the Māori, are celebrated in Te Papa’s permanent exhibitions, while Te Papa’s Marae is a vibrant contemporary meeting house and a living communal centre, unique in a museum.

Cricket Museum
At the Cricket Museum visitors can see that there’s more to cricket than Tests and tea breaks with exhibits showing the game’s development since its early-1800s introduction into New Zealand summers.

Katherine Mansfield House & Garden
Katherine Mansfield House & Garden is the birthplace of Katherine Mansfield, one of New Zealand’s most internationally famous writers. The House, now a Category 1 historic place, will be recognisable to readers of Mansfield’s stories Prelude, The Aloe and A Birthday.

Alberton
This romantic timber mansion began as a farmhouse in 1863 and was later expanded to 18 rooms, with fairy-tale decorative verandahs and towers. It was owned by the Kerr Taylors, a leading family in Mount Albert, until it was left to the New Zealand Historic Places Trust (now Heritage New Zealand) in 1972.

Te Awamutu
Explore the history and stories of Te Awamutu through a range of permanent and temporary exhibitions. ‘True Colours’ tells the story of Tim and Neil Finn, known as Split Enz and Crowded House. The Tangata Whenua Gallery features many spectacular Tainui treasures. The turbulence of the Waikato Wars is explored in our exhibition ‘NZ Wars – the Waikato campaign’.

Owaka Museum
Owaka Museum Wahi Kahuika- the Meeting Place: a rest on your journey. A community museum in the picturesque Catlins.

Ewelme Cottage
This kauri-constructed Ewelme Cottage has a link with the Anglican community in Auckland, the dwelling designed and built by the Reverend Vicesimus Lush (1817-1882) and his wife Blanche in 1863-64. Ewelme Cottage is of considerable importance for its well-preserved interiors and furnishings, and provides great value on colonial building materials and techniques. It boasts close to 2000 books, hundreds of pages of sheet music, original artworks and a vast array of everyday objects from ointment pots to knitting needles.

Raglan and District Museum
Our museum provides a window on local history for the Raglan Whaingaroa area and adjacent districts. It is open every day. Displays are being progressively established through 2012 and will cover Maori, settler, farming, surf and extreme sports, art, natural science, photography and town life history.

Whanganui Regional Museum
The Whanganui Regional Museum founded in 1892, has extensive collections of natural and human history with a regional emphasis. It houses objects of national and international significance. The emphasis of the collection is primarily Whanganui. There are also significant collections from elsewhere, for example, a large Pacific Island collection and ceramics from Asia and Cyprus.

North Otago Museum
Situated in the 1882 historic Athenaeum building, the museum has nationally significant collections; The Willetts Collection of taonga tuku iho o Waitaha and the Temuka Pottery Collection. The Community Archive is used by genealogists and historians from throughout New Zealand and houses documents and photos from the North Otago region.

South Otago Museum
Just beyond the Balclutha Bridge this museum has extensive collections on display of domestic and industrial heritage reflecting 150 years of pioneer endeavor on the fertile plains and river deltas of South Otago. The artefacts housed in the museums machinery room illustrate industries on the lower Clutha River and the coastline as far the Nugget Point Lighthouse, the horizon of the Catlins.

National Scout Museum
The National Scout Museum is in the Conference Wing of the building complex at the “Blue Skies” Conference and Training Centre in Kaiapoi – North Canterbury. It has a permanent display detailing the history of Scouting in New Zealand starting from Baden Powell’s story and his founding of the movement, before covering the origins of Scouting in New Zealand. Kaiapoi features strongly in the New Zealand history of Scouting being where the first Scout Patrol is reputed to have been formed and early camps were held at Woodend where today a memorial cairn is located.

Rotorua Museum Te Whare Taonga O Te Arawa
Rotorua Museum of Art & History – Te Whare Taonga O Te Arawa – is housed in the magnificent Bath-House building situated in beautiful Government Gardens. The Bath-House, constructed as a therapeutic spa in 1908, is listed as a Category 1 Historic Building and is believed to be the most photographed building in New Zealand.

Clendon House
Clendon House, unpretentious in design, displays the dignity of a house suited to Captain James Reddy Clendon’s high public position. Captain Clendon was in the thick of the earliest Māori and Pakeha interaction. He was a witness to New Zealand’s Declaration of Independence in 1835, the first United States Consul in 1838, a witness to the Treaty of Waitangi in 1840 and a member of the first Legislative Council.

Highwic
One of New Zealand’s finest timber Gothic houses, Highwic was begun in 1862 by Alfred Buckland, one of Auckland’s most substantial land owners, and his wife Eliza. It was extended in 1873 in the style of the original, which had been copied from American A. J. Downing’s pattern book ‘The Architecture of Country Houses’.

Kemp House and Stone Store
New Zealand’s oldest European building, Kemp House, sits next to our oldest stone building, the Stone Store, at the head of the Kerikeri River Basin. The Stone Store will be open to the public in 1998 after an extensive, three-year conservation project.

Waimate Museum and Archives

Waimate Museum and Archives highlights the extensive range of exhibits that are collectively gathered from the wider Waimate District. Housed in the former Waimate Courthouse, the museum also houses their Archival research facilities that contain local government records, local history books, newspapers, documents and photographs.

Museum of Transport and Technology (MOTAT) 

MOTAT is the largest museum of its kind in New Zealand and promises a fun, interactive and educational experience for both young and old. Learn about New Zealand’s transport and technological developments over the centuries and visit the award-winning Aviation Display Hall where you can see some truly iconic military and civil aircraft.

New Zealand Fashion Museum 

The Fashion Museum is a bold new and innovative institution. It chooses to embrace the traditional name and to honour the important function of a museum which is to develop social knowledge and to encourage discussion about key aspects of our community and of our national identity. The Fashion Museum breaks with tradition however in its form, choosing to be more fashion’able’. That is, able to be dynamic and a museum trendsetter.

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