With much anticipation Aotea Utanganui Museum of South Taranaki re-opened on Saturday 30 April 2011. The official celebration comprised a powhiri and speeches by kaumatua representing local iwi and our manuhiri (guests). David Crompton, the Chairperson of the South Taranaki District Museum Trust and the Mayor of South Taranaki, Ross Dunlop also spoke. After a karakia from Syd Kershaw, the ribbon was cut by Ross Dunlop and puhi, Hinetawhirangi Kershaw. Jenny Kershaw, the mother of our puhi, had performed a similar function when the original museum opened in 1974. Visitor reaction was very positive with ‘awesome’, ‘amazing’ and ‘much better than we expected’, being the common theme of many comments.

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