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Thursday November 12, 2015

Wellington tales on show By Nikki Papatsoumas

This weekend, Wellington Museum’s newest space, The Attic, will officially open to the public. Wellingtonians can expect to unearth treasures and discover some of Wellington’s more peculiar tales at the brand new exhibit. The Attic is the museum’s new permanent exhibition space which has been created to honour the Wellington region and reveal more of its quirky side. More than 50 pieces are exhibited in the interactive exhibition, including a giants head, chimp chairs, Victorian hair artwork and a UFO station. Visitors should also keep an eye out for the centrepiece of the new space, the museum’s time machine – Nga Hau. Nga Hau takes visitors on a journey through time, starting at the big bang and ending with a glimpse of what Wellington might be like in the future. Nga Hau was developed by Jon Baxter and Armagan Ballantyne of Perceptual Engineering, along with Museum Wellington’s deputy director and head of learning, programming and content, Paul Thompson and the museum’s director Brett Mason. The Attic adds nearly a third more floor space to Wellington Museum, and is part of a multiyear redevelopment which will enable the museum to tell even

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Curator history for the Wellington Museum, Brent Fafeita, helped develop the museum’s newest exhibit, The Attic.

more of Wellington’s stories. Curator history for the Wellington Museum, Brent Fafeita, said he hoped The Attic would “inspire and insight curiosity”. He said the new exhibition, located on the museum’s third floor, has been four-and-a-half years in the making. “Most of it was done in house, we were able to really focus on what we really wanted, what the organisation was best at

doing and what the visitors wanted.” In creating the new space, Brent said they were changing the ethos around museums by inviting visitors to interact. Any exhibits that were not behind glass or were not on a board could be touched. “There are things to touch, there are things to listen to, there are things to watch – there is even something to smell.”

He said they have also focused on making sure heritage aspects of the building were maintained. “The central theme is really a celebration of the integrity of the building. The building itself is our most treasured collection item.” The Attic officially opens this Saturday, November 14 at Wellington Museum on Jervois Quay. Entry is free.

Locals are encouraged to donate to those less fortunate this weekend. On Saturday the St Vincent de Paul Society is having its food bank appeal at Kilbirnie Pak’n Save. The society’s food bank provides healthy food for low income families and individuals.

Food collected on the day will help to replenish the society’s cupboards, so it can continue to deliver food parcels to those in need in Wellington. A spokeswoman for St Vincent de Paul said the society currently has no tinned fruit and this was just one of the reasons this weekend’s appeal was vital.

She said the amount collected this weekend would directly affect the work the society could do over the next six months until its next appeal. St Vincent de Paul Society’s food bank appeal will be held this Saturday, November 14, from 11am to 6pm at Pak’n Save Kilbirnie.

Houghton Valley School will receive a minimum of $50,000 towards the cost of their purpose built bike tracks and bike storage. This marks the first allocation from the Wellington City Council’s three year fund which will allocate up to $600,000 to Bikes in Schools programmes at schools throughout Wellington. This new funding scheme follows their Bikes in Schools pilot initiative that has been implemented at three Wellington schools, including Holy Cross School in Miramar.


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