Friday, December 21, 2012
Just in the nick of time, the Ruru team has created its second new scavenger hunt ... in a very festive green to compliment our red one!
The new hunt is called I digress ... on all things colourful and muses on all manner of brightly (or not-so-brightly) hued heritage objects.
So give our new scavenger hunts a go and collect your Christmas-inspired red and green badge set this holiday season!
Wednesday, December 12, 2012
Our Central School label writers dropped by the office today to collect their GOLD badges ... here they are wearing them proudly and generally looking awesome!
They also presented us with a scavenger hunt they designed all by themselves. The Ruru team looks forward to giving it a go and seeing if we can be as speedy doing their hunt as they were doing ours!
Amazing job guys, well done! We hope we get to work with you again next year. And don't forget to do a new RED scavenger hunt in the school holidays!
Monday, December 10, 2012
Our amazing Ruru apprentices from Central School are now fully fledged label writers! And what an awesome job they did too. Check out their labels about some of Puke Ariki's precious heritage objects and the personal connections that inspired their choices:
(click on the label to make it bigger)
Our fledglings are visiting again on Wednesday to collect their very well deserved GOLD Ruru badges ... we look forward to seeing them then!
Friday, December 7, 2012
What does summer mean to you? Is it a punnet of fresh strawberries?
Or some luscious looking raspberries?? (aye Andrew and Charlotte!)
Or your favourite Christmas ornament (that just happens to be a red London bus)? ...
Well, for a bunch of summer Puke Ariki visitors, we're hoping Taranaki's long hot months are going to mean doing a new RED Ruru scavenger hunt!
We have digressed on the subject of summertime ... surfing, catching kai, chillin' with the family. The new scavenger hunt will be available to the public just before Christmas ... as will a second new hunt designed specially by our talented Education team member Erin Flanigan.
In the meantime, feel free to tempt (or is that taunt??!!) Puke Ariki's keen Ruru fans with the promise of the long awaited, oft requested RED SCAVENGER HUNT!
Tuesday, November 27, 2012
Last week Ruru took some fledgling label writers from Central School under its wing. Glen Skipper shared a bunch of interesting facts about adzes ... did YOU know that some of Puke Ariki's adzes are magnetic?? They spent a while in Takapou Whariki gallery learning about how the museum cares for its taonga - now any of them would be able to tell you why the light levels are low in the galleries and why you have to wear white gloves to handle museum objects!
The kids overcame adversity when they were required to wear size LARGE white gloves while handling the adzes:
Then our little fledglings took to the galleries and tried out some Ruru scavenger hunts ... smart young things were pretty speedy! They came back to Puke Ariki the next morning and - after checking out the schooling displays in Taranaki Life - they each got to choose an object they wanted to research. Back at school they intend to write their own Ruru labels about their objects and even design a scavenger hunt. They will certainly deserve their gold Ruru badges when they're done!
Their teacher, the lovely Mrs Bastin, plans to forward the kids' labels to us when they're done. We look forward to posting them on the blog for all to admire!
Friday, October 5, 2012
Our very first staff 'Night at the Museum' event went spectacularly well last night. There was charades (the exhibition team had to act out 'Kelvin Day'!), bottle fishing, clue solving, texting, poem writing and playdoh modelling. Photographic evidence of the fun everyone had and the exceptional sculpting talents of our staff is below.
But before we get to that, a HUGE thank you to Charlotte Stace and Linley Wellington for the time and effort they put into creating and supervising the awesome scavenger hunts. Thanks also to Alice Franklin and Sue Page for their incredible origami and crocheted owls, which were much coveted prizes awarded for the best playdoh objects. Lastly, thanks to the Social Angels for organising the drinks and snacks ... and inviting Ruru to be involved in the event!
So ... each of the three scavenger hunts started with acting out a famous Taranakian. Here's Karen confounding Janie with her free-and-easy arm movements:
Jenny, Simon's daughter, takes the Exhibitions team in hand:
The CSO's were pretty liberal with the rules on the bottle fishing! What kind of technique is THAT Walt??
In contrast, "The Winos" were much more orderly and proper:
One activity required the teams to write a poem inspired by objects in Taranaki Naturally and Harry Devine's poem about 'ratty little bats'. Here's the CSO team (CSO stands for 'Charismatic, Sociable, Optimistic'!) writing their rhyming masterpiece:
Interlude - here's two of our favourite poems written on the night (though we did also like the CSO team's reference to Kelvin!).
From the Exhibitions team (but written by 7 year old Jenny ... a magnificent effort!):
A moa is a bird,
It's tall as a wall.
The shark is wacky grey,
And it chomps on its prey!
And from the team known as "The Individuals":
Oh hark a shark!
Oh crikey it has a jandal!
A surfer's been man-handled,
Shark's shiny teeth a-glow,
The surfer had to go!
Not sure if this is Duncan showing Jenny how it's done or the other way around:
"The Individuals" were the first team back and thus the first team to start modelling butter coloured playdoh into collection objects (or other sources of inspiration):
Though it may appear that Kelvin was Karen's muse, she was actually modelling Banks' silhouette on the 'Shadowing Venus' signage. Kelvin refused to mould any playdoh, claiming he got so much hassle about his percussion drill bit last time that it wasn't worth it!
Some of the first playdoh offerings - an elephant from Hannah; a mailbox from Polly; Karen's Banks silhouette; Stephanie's shark; Kerri's Ferdie the bull and Dale's buzzy bee:
Clare recounted a beautiful story about how the object that inspired her playdoh offering reminded her of her father. It got her quite emotional ... such is the power of museum objects:
Members of the Exhibitions team stroll back with their playdoh goodies:
The Exhibitions team's offerings - Simon's fungus (I guessed what it was before he told me!); Jenny's Ferdie the bull; Geoff's buzzy bee and Gerard's vacuum cleaner.
All the offerings laid out ...
The winning playdoh model - Adrienne's amazing surfboard, complete with leg rope and ankle strap! Adi claimed Alice's gorgeous origami owl with this effort:
More winners ... Kerri's Ferdie and Stephanie's Meg won crocheted owls:
Duncan tried to pull a swifty on us by making Orinoco the Womble to claim a prize, but we knew he'd had prior practice at making wombles from playdoh! We gave him chocolate anyway ...
Polly's postbox and Simon's fungus won prizes too:
And Sue might be a busy woman for a while ... her owls have attracted a lot of attention and requests from people for their own owl. I hope you have lots of audio books you want to listen to Sue!
We should probably also mention that - after a late suggestion they should have been given a time penalty - the Exhibitions team got the most points and thus claimed Niles. Janie, you just have to liberate Niles from the closet and hand him over ... though we're not sure Exhibitions are the most responsible parents for an innocent garden gnome!
Congratulations Exhibitions and THANK YOU to all the staff who came along. You're awesome!
Tuesday, October 2, 2012
Now THIS is a reason to come along to Thursday's staff 'Night at the Museum' scavenger hunt extravaganza!
Made by the incredibly talented Alice Franklin, her magnificent origami owl is going to be up for grabs as a prize. Yeah, sure, Niles is a coveted trophy ... but Alice's awesome Ruru may well give Niles a run for his money in the popularity stakes! So, what do you have to do to win it? We haven't decided yet!
Anyway, the countdown is on ... three specially designed scavenger hunts have been completed, Janie's bought the drinks and teams are getting themselves sorted. Don't forget to bring your mobile phone ... you'll need it to receive a clue or two!
Thursday 4 October ... SEE YOU THERE!