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Awards & Accolades

MTG Hawke's Bay has a long history of winning national awards and gaining impressive accolades. Here are just a few examples of our successes over the years...


Resene Total Colour Awards – Installation category Winner; Turuturu: Fingers, Feathers & Fibre

 Judges’ comments:

"The colours are so carefully woven into this project it is almost difficult to see where one colour ends and the next one begins. This careful related selection means not only are the hues sympathetic to the curated collection, but they relate equally well to each other. Inspired by nature's unerring mastery of colour, this palette layers the best of nature's inspiration with a flaxen twist. A natural winner."

DINZ Best Design Awards


Designers Institute of New Zealand Best Awards - Gold Award - Spatial Design - George Nuku: Bottled Ocean 2118 Exhibition
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MTG Hawke's Bay was selected as a finalist for the ServiceIQ NZ Museum Awards 2019 in two award categories:

Most Innovative Public Programme
MTG Hawke's Bay Tai Ahuriri for George Nuku: Bottled Ocean 2118
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Exhibition Excellence: Social History
MTG Hawke's Bay Tai Ahuriri for The House of Webb: A Victorian Family’s Journey to Ormondville
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‘The outstanding calibre of entrants received across all categories is a hugely positive indication of the strength of our sector. The quality of projects and programmes presented in the groups of finalists is a testament to the innovation, resourcefulness and vision of museums and galleries across the country.’ said Riah King-Wall, Strategic Lead: Creative Industries and Arts, Whanganui and Partners, who sat on the judging panel.

Extract from the 2018 Service IQ New Zealand Museum Awards

Competition was strong as judges assessed entries from over 60 art galleries and museums across the country.

Executive Director, Museums Aoteraroa Phillipa Tocker said that every year the judges faced tough decisions in shortlisting and awarding winners.

"What all winners did have in common were inspired approaches to engaging our communities in art, science, history and culture."

MTG Hawke's Bay was a joint winner in Exhibition Excellence -Taonga Māori, for its exhibition He Manu Tioriori 100 Years of Ngāti Kahungunu Music. The exhibition explores how Ngāti Kahungunu has been at the forefront of it all, from the Māori Jazz Orchestras of the 1920s and 1930s to the emergence of the Māori show band era of the 1960s and 1970s.

Judges concluded that the exhibition epitomises the way in which museums in New Zealand can and should be by, for and about Maori, and more specificially iwi, hapū and whānau. MTG shared the award with Otago Museum's Tūhura Otago Community Trust Science Centre. 


Joint Winner Exhibition Excellence – Taonga Maori - He Manu Tīoriori 100 Years of Ngāti Kahungunu Music

Finalist Exhibition Excellence – Art - Tūturu

Special Mention from Judges For Exhibition Excellence – Art - Yuki Kihara: Te Taenga Mai o Salome.

Pride in Print Award – Yuki Kihara: Te Taenga Mai o Salome (MTG as buyer)


Museums Aotearoa Award Finalist – Museum Visitor Experience Award - Somebody’s Darling: Stories from the Napier Cemetery 1855-1917

Hawke's Bay Tourism Industry Awards Finalist - Essence of Hawke's Bay Award

Resene Total Colour Awards Winner – Tūturu (exhibition was developed by MTG and Iwi Toi Kahungunu) Winner of Installation category +$1,000 and Winner of Colour Master Nightingale Award (Overall Supreme Award) + $2,500. 

Designers Institute of NZ Best Design Awards, Spatial design finalist for best Exhibition or Temporary Structure - Indra’s Bow and A Glimpse Of India.


Museums Aotearoa Award Finalist for three awards (only regional museum to be a finalist in more than two categories)

Best Taonga Exhibition for a Regional Museum - Tēnei Tonu 

Best Art Exhibition for a Regional Museum - Talanoa: Colloquies of the unrecognised worker

Best Museum Project - Pin Wall

Pride in Print Gold Medal Award Winner - MTG Foundation invite


Museums Aotearoa Award Winner – Best Exhibition Under 20K, Dr Felkin and the Forerunners

Museums Aotearoa Award Finalist – Best Exhibition over 20K, Whetu Tirikatene-Sullivan –Travel in Style

Museums Aotearoa Award Finalist - Most Innovative use of Te Reo Māori, Whetu Tirikatene-Sullivan –Travel in Style 


Museums Aotearoa Award Winner – Best Museum Project - MTG Hawke’s Bay Redevelopment

Museums Aotearoa Award Finalist – Most Innovative Use Of Te Reo Maori - Ūkaipō - ō tātou whakapapa, Taonga Māori exhibition

Aotearoa Maori Book Award Finalist – Ukaipo


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