Grand opening of Aotea Utanganui - Museum of South Taranaki

Grand opening of Aotea Utanganui - Museum of South Taranaki

Tuesday, April 19, 2011

This is a very exciting time for the trustees and staff of Aotea Utanganui – Museum of South Taranaki as the exhibitions are readied for the grand opening on April 30 to which all are welcome to attend.

Right now the building is abuzz with men with drills who are setting up the gallery furniture. Once that is complete the objects and artefacts will be installed.

On April 30, Egmont St in Pātea will be closed from Victoria St to Lincoln St from 10am to 1pm. There will be market stalls in Memorial Park selling a range of food and beverages as well as arts and crafts. The Pātea Maori Club will entertain.

The ceremony will commence at 11.00am with a pōwhiri and, after the speeches, our kaumatua Syd Kershaw will say a karakia (prayer) and the Mayor of South Taranaki, Ross Dunlop will cut the ribbon.

The museum will then be open until 4.00pm for visitors to see the exhibitions.

From Sunday May 1 opening hours will be 10am – 4pm every day except Christmas and Good Friday. Entry is free.