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

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

Restrictions: All Ages

Ticket Information:

  • Admission: Free

Listed by: peter12

Farmer, family man, MP, Prime Minister, Governor General. Sir Keith Holyoake, the kid from Riwaka forever known as Kiwi Keith, was all. But he was also a proud New Zealander determined to see his country take its place on the international stage as an independent, free-thinking nation.

Kiwi Keith has been researched and curated by Karen Stade, with the support of the National Party and members of the Holyoake family. This exhibition explores one of New Zealand's most respected statesmen and the politics defining his time, including our decreasing agricultural dependence on the United Kingdom, involvement in the Vietnam War and developing anti-nuclear policy. It also looks at contributing influences - activist English ancestors, a colonial farming family, a mother determined her son be educated despite being forced to leave school to work the family farm.

Kiwi Keith reveals the person behind the pompous public persona - a warm-hearted character with a sharply defined sense of humour; a man of the people.

The exhibition is being launched to coincide with the National Party Conference here in Nelson. This has been researched by Karen Stade and has been accomplished with the support of the National Party and family members. The exhibition opens to the public from 10th August. Our Nelson-Tasman region has produced an extraordinary number of New Zealand Premiers and Prime Ministers. How many can you name?