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Wed 20 Feb 2013, 10:00am–5:00pm
Thu 21 Feb 2013, 10:00am–5:00pm
Fri 22 Feb 2013, 10:00am–5:00pm
Sat 23 Feb 2013, 10:00am–4:30pm
Sun 24 Feb 2013, 10:00am–4:30pm

Where: The Nelson Provincial Museum, Cnr Hardy & Trafalgar Sts, Nelson, Nelson / Tasman

Restrictions: All Ages

Ticket Information:

  • Adult: $7.00
  • Child: $3.00
  • Family (2 adults plus accompanying children): $20.00
  • Additional fees may apply

Listed by: peter12

Free to Nelson, Tasman and Marlborough residents.

Te Ahi Kā Roa, Te Ahi Kātoro Taranaki War 1860-2012 was developed by Puke Ariki and exhibited there in 2010.

Puke Ariki is touring the Taranaki War and the Nelson Provincial Museum will host the exhibition between 15 September 2012 and 24 February 2013.

Taranaki War 1860-2012 tells the story that began in March 1860 when the first shots were fired in a series of wars that raged through the region on and off for 21 years. At stake was ownership of the land which would determine the destinies of both Maori and Pakeha.

Today - 150 years later - the war that shaped Taranaki appears every bit as shocking as any 21st century news bulletin. This enthralling exhibition describes in detail the invasion, bombing, civilian casualties, siege and attempted ethnic cleansing that took place and extends the discussion from historic events to contemporary issues that are the legacy of war.

While the stories told in the exhibition are embedded in Taranaki's history, they are not exclusive to the region. Their close examination helps us to better understand who all New Zealanders are, where they have been in their history and where they might be heading.

Taranaki War was the final part of Puke Ariki's five-exhibition Common Ground series. The exhibition revisited all these topics of family, land, culture and economy in the light of the devastating effects of Taranaki war.

The exhibition, however, is not locked into past events. There are plenty of historic and contemporary images and objects, mainly from Puke Ariki's heritage collection, and several key items from other New Zealand institutions, alongside cutting-edge technology that deposits history firmly in the present. The tales of dodgy deals and dirty tactics, heroes and villains, friends and foes, despair, protest and hope may be old ones, but the themes all ring true today. The horror of 19th century war and its long-term effects are thought-provokingly real.

To highlight the close link between Taranaki and Nelson at the time of the Taranaki Wars the Nelson Provincial Museum will be adding components to the exhibition. Eight interpretation panels of Nelson content will be interspersed among the existing exhibition, slotting in with appropriate themes. The proposed themes which Nelson Provincial Museum is developing are: Maori - attitudes to Maori at the time, Taranaki land issues and the movement of Maori; refugees and the impact in the Nelson Province; militia call up, and Nelson Militia service at Parihaka