The Innovators at MOTAT is a finalist for two Museum Awards

MOTAT is delighted that our newest exhibition, The Innovators, has been named a finalist in this year's Service IQ New Zealand Museum Awards. Congratulations to all the other finalists.

Below is the official media release announcing the 2017 Museum Awards finalists:

Finalists for the ServiceIQ 2017 New Zealand Museum Awards include exhibitions and programmes about new New Zealanders, Māori, and stories about our music, war exploits, stars, murderers and creativity.

Museums Aotearoa Executive Director Phillipa Tocker says, “this breadth and diversity reflects our changing society and the innovative ways that museums and galleries are working with all our communities.”

Expert judging panels selected the finalists in each category, bringing a high level of rigour to the process. “The judges' comments highlight the excellent quality of the entries overall, making their task a difficult one of identifying the best of the best,” says Tocker.

“These exhibitions, programmes and projects showcase just some of the incredible experiences that our museums and galleries offer. Our people put a huge amount of time, expertise and professionalism into their work, and these are examples which would stand up alongside any of the best overseas," says Tocker. "This is reflected in strong museum visitation by international tourists as well as local."

This year there are 27 finalists in 8 award categories. As well as four exhibition excellence categories, there are Taonga Māori, use of Te Reo, Visitor Experience and Public Programmes awards. The winners will be announced at a gala event MC'd by Te Radar on Tuesday 23 May during the annual Museums Aotearoa conference in Palmerston North.

The Innovators at MOTAT has been announced as a finalist in the following two categories: 

Exhibition Excellence – Science and Technology
Locales / Stardome Observatory Stardome Exhibition
MOTAT The Innovators
Puke Ariki BUGS! Our Backyard Heroes

Most Innovative use of Te Reo Māori
Auckland War Memorial Museum Mana Aotūroa
MOTAT The Innovators
Nelson Provincial Museum 鸡年吉祥 | Good Luck for this Rooster Year | Ngā mihi nui mō tēnei tau o te Tamaheihei 
Waikato Museum Te Whaanua Maarama: The Heavenly Bodies

About Museums Aotearoa
Museums Aotearoa is the professional association for New Zealand's public museums and art galleries and those who work in and support them. New Zealand museums and public galleries care for more than 40 million items relating to New Zealand’s history, culture and creativity. Generating in excess of 1000 public exhibitions and publications and attracting well over 12 million visits each year, museums and galleries are ranked as a top attraction for New Zealand's overseas visitors. New Zealand museums are actively focused on enriching their communities by enhancing the quality of their facilities, collections, programmes, products and services.

For further information about The Innovators please contact:
Vanessa Hefer
Communications Advisor
Museum of Transport and Technology (MOTAT)
Phone: (09) 845 3703, Mobile: (021) 340 518

For further information about the ServiceIQ 2017 New Zealand Museum Awards please contact:
Phillipa Tocker
021 606 135