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Our New Front-of-House Administrator – Bronwyn Wattrus

Bronwyn WattrusBronwyn Wattrus joined the museum team in July 2017 in the role of Front-of-House Administrator/Kaiwhakahaere o te Aroaro o te Whare.  She provides a friendly welcome to visitors to the Museum as well as offering an efficient research service for the many and varied enquiries the Museum receives.  

She holds a Diploma in Arts & Creativity and has held positions including Toy Library Co-ordinator for the Whitby Toy Library, Wellington, committee member and publisher at the Wellington Home Education Network, Business Advisor/Administrator at Metagoo Limited, Bookshop Manager and Foundation Co-ordinator at Cloud 9 Children’s Foundation, a Business Owner/Manager for Docushop in London, and she was a Photolithographer at Republican Press in Durban, South Africa.

Her hobbies include creativity, research, education, psychology, water sports and new learning.  In addition, Bronwyn provides much needed administrative support to the museum team and undertakes research and curatorial duties in her specialist areas.  E: Bronwyn.Wattrus@stdc.govt.nz

 

Screening Now – Antarctica: a Year on Ice

A visually stunning chronicle of what it is like to live in Antarctica for a full year, including winters isolated from the rest of the world, while enduring months of unending darkness, in the coldest place on Earth. The story is told from the point of view of the everyday workers who are there to keep the bases running in the harshest harshest conditions on the planet.

Never before has this been brought to the screen. Documentary film crews usually only get to visit Antarctica during the few short months of summer. This film includes footage meticulously gathered over 15 years, including 9 winters, isolated from the rest of the world, in 24-hour darkness, and mind-numbing cold for months at a time. For the first time we get to be part of the genuine long-term human experience, experiencing the stunning visual wonders and the moving emotional journey of a year on the ice.

Film maker Anthony Powell has contributed footage to numerous films and TV shows all over the world including National Geographic and Discovery. He also featured in the Emmy award winning  BBC series Frozen Planet. This is his own first feature film.
Final picture grade and surround sound mix was completed at Peter Jackson’s Park Road Post Production. 

Daily screening from August 2017 in the Media Theatre at Aotea Utanganui in Pātea.

 

Flashbacks: 80’s & 90’s Fashion Photography

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Today we continue digitising some of the Ellmore-Timms Collection for our 2017 exhibition, Flashbacks: 80’s & 90’s Fashion Photography.  This photograph was taken of Kay Goodman & partner in 1992.  Did you have your photo taken by Lester Timms or Rodney Ellmore in Hawera?  If you did we would love to hear from you.  Check out our register to see if your name is on the list www.museumofsouthtaranaki.wordpress.com/archives-and-reading-room/ellmore-timms-collection

Flashbacks: 80’s & 90’s Fashion Photography

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Today we continue digitising some of the Ellmore-Timms Collection for our 2017 exhibition, Flashbacks: 80’s & 90’s Fashion Photography.  This photograph was taken of Julie McCollock in 1989.  Did you have your photo taken by Lester Timms or Rodney Ellmore in Hawera?  If you did we would love to hear from you.  Check out our register to see if your name is on the list www.museumofsouthtaranaki.wordpress.com/archives-and-reading-room/ellmore-timms-collection

Flashbacks: 80’s & 90’s Fashion Photography

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Today we continue digitising some of the Ellmore-Timms Collection for our 2017 exhibition, Flashbacks: 80’s & 90’s Fashion Photography.  This photograph was taken of Joanne Whitehead in 1992.  Did you have your photo taken by Lester Timms or Rodney Ellmore in Hawera?  If you did we would love to hear from you.  Check out our register to see if your name is on the list www.museumofsouthtaranaki.wordpress.com/archives-and-reading-room/ellmore-timms-collection

New Zealand Cinema Concert – The Bush Cinderella (1928)

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New Zealand Cinema Concert – The Bush Cinderella (1928)

Join the museum team for a special screening of the 1928 silent film, The Bush Cinderella, with live piano accompaniment by Cameron S. Curd.  Billed as New Zealand’s first big modern drama, The Bush Cinderella had its world premiere at the Strand Theatre in Auckland on Friday August 24, 1928.  Filled with charm, comedy, intrigue and action, it was pioneer filmmaker Rudall Hayward’s last silent film and was dubbed “the most outstanding, in originality and theme and merit of any produced in New Zealand” by critics at the time.  This concert is to coincide with the original opening date of the film (Friday August 24, 1928) but 89 years later.  For more information contact 0800 111 323 or museum@stdc.govt.nz

Thursday 24 August 2017, 7pm, Hāwera Memorial Theatre, Free Entry

This event is supported by Ngā Taonga Sound & Vision

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This event is part of The Wonder Gardens exhibition currently on at Aotea Utanganui in Pātea

 

Flashbacks: 80’s & 90’s Fashion Photography

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Today we continue digitising some of the Ellmore-Timms Collection for our 2017 exhibition, Flashbacks: 80’s & 90’s Fashion Photography.  This photograph was taken of Hilary Nation in 1990.  Did you have your photo taken by Lester Timms or Rodney Ellmore in Hawera?  If you did we would love to hear from you.  Check out our register to see if your name is on the list www.museumofsouthtaranaki.wordpress.com/archives-and-reading-room/ellmore-timms-collection

Our Vision for Aotea Utanganui

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Aotea Utanganui is a purpose-built museum that embodies the spirit and energy of the South Taranaki region.  The museum plays an active role within our community both today and for the future.  A museum that is welcoming and inspirational while striving towards excellence in research, curatorship, preservation and educational engagement.  A modern museum with ambitious future plans prepared to embrace the digital age.                                                    

We achieve this through: Collaboration, Creativity, Innovation & Flexibility

0800 111 323  l  museum@stdc.govt.nz

Flashbacks: 80’s & 90’s Fashion Photography

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Today we continue digitising some of the Ellmore-Timms Collection for our 2017 exhibition, Flashbacks: 80’s & 90’s Fashion Photography.  This photograph was taken of Hazel Buhler in 1991.  Did you have your photo taken by Lester Timms or Rodney Ellmore in Hawera?  If you did we would love to hear from you.  Check out our register to see if your name is on the list www.museumofsouthtaranaki.wordpress.com/archives-and-reading-room/ellmore-timms-collection

Flashbacks: 80’s & 90’s Fashion Photography

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Today we continue digitising some of the Ellmore-Timms Collection for our 2017 exhibition, Flashbacks: 80’s & 90’s Fashion Photography.  This photograph was taken of Elaine White in 1992.  Did you have your photo taken by Lester Timms or Rodney Ellmore in Hawera?  If you did we would love to hear from you.  Check out our register to see if your name is on the list www.museumofsouthtaranaki.wordpress.com/archives-and-reading-room/ellmore-timms-collection