Te Manawa Museums Trust is receiving a Conservation Award in appreciation of the numerous conservation stories they share with the community through the exhibitions, events and education programmes delivered at Te Manawa Museum of Art, Science & History.
“It’s great to see this award going to Te Manawa,” said Jason Roxburgh, Area Manager for the Department of Conservation (DOC). “As a regional one-stop-shop for locals and visitors to explore New Zealand’s heritage, it is invaluable for introducing people from all walks of life to conservation.”
Conservation themes and topics have often featured in science cafés and floor talks, and are a regular feature in Te Manawa’s education programme for schools. A regular supporter of Conservation Week, Te Manawa hosted the Slugs, Snails and Spider Tales: A Closer Look at Conservation exhibit in 2009, and in 2010 it ran the Manawatu Wildlife Photographer of the Year competition.
The endangered whio (blue duck) is a feature of its 2011 Conservation Week efforts, with the launch of a new mascot – Manawa the Blue Duck. Other activities include a field trip for staff up to the Oroua Valley to check stoat traps, and a public floor talk on whio by DOC ranger Rufus Bristol this Sunday at 2pm.
The latest exhibition featuring conservation at Te Manawa is Te Awa - The River, Heart of Manawatu. “The Te Awa exhibit just reaches out to people - even if you think you know all there is to know about the Manawatu River, this exhibit will inspire and inform you,” remarked Mr Roxburgh.
Te Manawa Science Curator Miriam Sharland is thrilled to receive the award. “As one of the guardians of the region’s treasures, we take conservation seriously and try to promote it through our exhibitions, events and other activities,” she said.
Conservation Awards are presented annually by DOC during Conservation Week to recognise organisations and individuals who over time have made a significant contribution to conservation in their communities. This award will be formally presented during the Te Manawa Celebration Weekend on Saturday 24 September.